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. In Zooey's words, what is the one aim of the Jesus Prayer?

2. What is Franny doing while she has her conversation with Zooey in the living room?

3. What does Zooey tell Franny he did with Jesus when Zooey was eight-years-old?

4. What does Franny worry about in her search for the prayer?

5. When Zooey mentions that Franny should talk to someone, who is it that she wants to speak with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain in detail the significance of the Fat Lady.

2. What theme of the novel is suggested by the quotations on the door of Buddy and Seymour's bedroom?

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

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

5. Once Zooey arrives at Buddy's phone, he puts himself in "the ready position." What is he readying himself for?

6. Has Franny resolved her inner conflict by the end of the story?

7. What metaphor does Salinger use to show how badly Franny received what Zooey had to say concerning the Jesus prayer?

8. Why does Bessie ask Zooey's opinion about whether she should call her son the priest to help Franny when Zooey treats his mother the way that he does?

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

10. Zooey attempts to get through to Franny on many levels. One of them is as a daughter. How so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The death of Seymour contributes to the theme of the story. In a well-organized essay, explain what may have caused Seymour to commit suicide and link that cause to the theme of selfishness. Use quotes and examples. Avoid plot summary.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What might the settings of the novel suggest about the tone? Salinger places a private girls' school across the street from the Glasses' apartment. What is the significance of the school to the tone? The imagery of the living room is significant. How does this setting affect the tone? Also, the bathroom is a major setting in the story which also sets the tone of the novel. How does it? In a well-organized essay, explain how the various settings affect the tone of the novel. Avoid plot summary.

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