Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the man Nathan Zuckerman meets in the beginning of Chapter 1.
At the beginning of Chapter 1, Nathan Zuckerman meets a man he describes as not fitting in with his surroundings. The man, E.I. Lonoff, is dressed in a suit with a knitted blue tie, a white shirt and shiny black shoes.
2. What response does Zuckerman get when he mentions Lonoff's name at a publishing party?
Zuckerman mentions Lonoff's name at Zuckerman's publishing party, and the gossipers in New York immediately begin commenting on the fact that Lonoff, an immigrant Jew, married a daughter of an "old New England family" - meaning she came from money and probably married "beneath her."
3. Why is Zuckerman skeptical of the party-goers' analysis of Lonoff?
Zuckerman is skeptical of the New York party-goers' view of Lonoff because he felt that anyone of renown that he mentioned at the party was also "amusing" to them and received the same treatment as they gave Lonoff.
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