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Tone and Imagery worksheet "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" by J.D. Salinger English 12AP - Mr. McElvogue

1. What are the meanings of the colors in the story?

White - ______________________________________________________________________________________ Red ______________________________________________________________________________________

Green - ______________________________________________________________________________________ Blue ______________________________________________________________________________________

Yellow - ______________________________________________________________________________________

2.

How do the names of the characters relate to the story? How are they symbolic of the person?

Muriel Glass - _________________________________________________________________________________ Seymour Glass - _______________________________________________________________________________ Sybil Carpenter - _______________________________________________________________________________ Sharon Lipschutz - _____________________________________________________________________________

3.

In the beginning of the story, what emotions does Muriel reveal?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

4.

While talking on the phone with Muriel, what emotions does her mother reveal?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

5.

What is the tone in the beginning of their phone conversation?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

6.

What is the tone in the last half of their phone conversation? If it is different from your answer in #5, why did it change? ________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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7.

What do we learn about Seymour before he appears in the story? _________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

8.

What is the tone of Seymour's conversation with Sybil?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

9.

What mood is created by the bananafish story? _______________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

10.

What is the tone after Sybil leaves Seymour? Why did it change when she leaves?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

11.

What is the mood at the end of the story? How is it different from the tone of the story's ending?

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

12.

What was wrong with Muriel's and Seymour's relationship?

______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

13.

What is "banana fever?"

__________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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