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. Where is the phone that Franny answers?

2. What role does Dick Hess want Zooey to play?

3. What did Zooey say that made Franny realize she wasn't talking to Buddy?

4. What religious action does Zooey say Franny is missing in her own home?

5. What color is the bathmat?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How would you interpret Franny's dream?

4. What does Zooey explain to Franny that he does to other people that drives Zooey crazy?

5. How is it ironic that Franny tells Zooey that he is the most unsympathetic person that she has ever known?

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

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

8. How does the phone call redeem Zooey?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationship between Franny and her siblings through the concept of conflict. What conflicts are created? How do those conflicts lead to the complexities of the characters/ How do those conflicts drive the plot. Avoid plot summary in writing a well-organized essay addressing the topic.

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

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.

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