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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 the man that the narrator is going to visit in Chapter 1?

2. Who does Nathan try to write a letter to in Lonoff's study?

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

4. How old is the narrator at the beginning of Chapter 1?

5. Who does Nathan's father contact for help in getting to a higher person for advice about Nathan's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the girl-woman Zuckerman sees at Lonoff's house in Chapter 1.

2. What is Zuckerman carrying in his briefcase that he takes to Lonoff's house?

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

4. Why does Zuckerman begin writing down the names of everything on Lonoff's bookshelves in his study?

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

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

7. Describe Lonoff's living room as Zuckerman sees it in Chapter 1.

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

9. What response does Zuckerman get when he mentions Lonoff's name at a publishing party?

10. Why does Lonoff ask Zuckerman to call him Manny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Ghost Writer," Roth explores the idea of an author's responsibility to his subjects and characters. Write a response exploring how this idea of responsibility is portrayed in the story. How does Roth connect this idea to the characters in the story? How is Roth responsible for the subjects and characters in the story? How are the writers in the story responsible for their own subjects and characters? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Write a response exploring the meaning of the book's title, "The Ghost Writer." Who is the "ghost writer"? Why is this title appropriate for the book? What does the title tell the reader the book might be about? What does the title mean? Would a different title be more appropriate for the story? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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