Franny and Zooey Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Lane and Bessie believe is the reason for Franny's troubles?

2. What problem do the Glasses have with conversation?

3. What does Franny tell Zooey of her night with Lane?

4. Zooey feels less frightened about Franny's need to say the prayer because she did what when she first started?

5. What was the one idea that Jesus absolutely knew that often eludes people, according to Zooey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Zooey so upset that Dick came to town and wanted Zooey to go out for drinks with him?

2. What is Zooey's opinion of psychoanalysts and Franny?

3. Describe the Glass's living room.

4. What does the setting of the Glasses' living room say about the character of Bessie?

5. Zooey is conflicted over his brothers. When his mother continuously mentions Buddy and Seymour, Zooey finally loses his temper. How does Zooey show the darkest side of himself?

6. How would you interpret Franny's dream?

7. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom according to Franny?

8. How did Zooey and Franny become freaks in Zooey's eyes?

9. Zooey is visibly upset when Bessie mistakenly believes that Franny's little green book came from the college library. Why does this bother Zooey so much?

10. What issue does Bessie have over the way Zooey feels about Lane?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What central question does the novel raises in reference to the book "The Way of the Pilgrim" and Franny's reading of it and to what extent does the novel offer answers. Explain how Salinger's treatment of this question affects your understanding of the work as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

Seymour has taught Franny and Zooey about the Fat Lady. Who is she and what is it that Seymour was teaching them? In a well-written essay, explain the symbolism of the Fat Lady and how she affects the theme of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Fitting in and being accepted are strong and natural desires of humans. What does Zooey mean when he says that he and Franny are freaks, and how does this idea create conflict for them in their desire to fit in? Explain how this idea affects the work as a whole in a well-organized essay. Avoid plot summary. Use quotes and examples.

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