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. Who is Zooey afraid Franny's crusade will hurt?

2. What is on the back of Buddy's bedroom door?

3. Zooey says that the only thing that counts in the religious life is what?

4. Bessie says that when the children were young, they were what?

5. After Zooey upsets Franny, what is she trying to get him to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How would you interpret Franny's dream?

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

4. Why is it so odd that the curtains have been removed from the living room?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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