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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. What are the watercolor paintings in the living room of?

2. Who can play Chopin well?

3. Where does the narrator go at the beginning of the book?

4. How long have Nathan and his father not been speaking in Chapter 1?

5. Where did Nathan and his brother go to watch prize fights?

Short Essay Questions

1. What earlier connection does Zuckerman have to Judge Wapter?

2. How does Zuckerman convince Lonoff to meet with him?

3. Why is Zuckerman surprised when Lonoff says nothing happens to him during their conversation in Chapter 1?

4. How does Zuckerman's father think the "Higher Education" story will be perceived if it is published?

5. What is pinned to the bulletin board in Lonoff's office?

6. Why is Zuckerman skeptical of the party-goers' analysis of Lonoff?

7. What does Zuckerman tell Lonoff when he asks Zuckerman about his life in Chapter 1?

8. What does Zuckerman's father not like about the "Higher Education" story?

9. Describe the man Nathan Zuckerman meets in the beginning of Chapter 1.

10. Why does Zuckerman contact Lonoff?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Ghost Writer," Roth uses the theme of the importance and role of family. What role does family play for each main character (Amy, Lonoff, Hope, Zuckerman)? How is each characters' family portrayed? How do the characters' families influence the book's plot? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Underlying themes in "The Ghost Writer" are the roles and "confusion" of fact and fiction. Write a response explaining how fact and fiction are confused and misinterpreted in the story. What elements of fiction are presented as fact? What elements are presented as fiction, but are indeed facts? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Philip Roth is a Jewish writer, and many of his books focus on the treatment and conditions of Jews in America. "The Ghost Writer" is no exception to this topic. Write a response exploring how Roth views the treatment and status of Jews through "The Ghost Writer." How are Jews portrayed in the book? How does the portrayal reflect Roth's own beliefs and interpretation of the treatment of Jews? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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