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. Why did Franny move out of her room at college?

2. What did Seymour use as a motivation for both Buddy and Franny?

3. In the book Franny has been reading, who does the pilgrim find to help him learn about the prayer?

4. What does Zooey say is odd about Franny's breakdown?

5. Where is the phone that Franny answers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bessie saying about her relationship with her children when she states to Zooey that when they were little they were so happy and smart--"just lovely"?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. How does Zooey feel about Lane and why does he feel this way?

8. Zooey finally confronts Franny about the Jesus prayer. He points out she is being hypocritical. How so?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Zooey is a character of contradictions. What are those contradictions and are they ever resolved in the story?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel. Zooey makes a phone call to Franny. The call is ironic because Zooey pretends to be someone that he is not. The irony culminates the theme of phoniness in the novel. In a well-organized essay, explain how the phone call is ironic and how it culminates the theme of phoniness.

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