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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 does Nathan want from Lonoff in Chapter 1?

2. Who is the city's first Jewish mayor?

3. How many years are there between Lonoff's first book and his sixth book?

4. What is the title of Nathan's story?

5. What kind of car does Amy drive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is surprising to Zuckerman about the typewriter in Lonoff's study?

2. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

3. Why does Zuckerman read Henry James' "The Middle Years" twice in one night?

4. Why does Zuckerman begin writing a letter to his father as he sits in Lonoff's study?

5. What does Zuckerman think might be a good idea for a writer based on the reactions of the New York party-goers at the publishing party?

6. Why does Amy want a room with a telephone?

7. According to the story in Chapter 3, why does Amy take a new name?

8. What does Zuckerman notice has happened to Hope at breakfast the next morning?

9. Why does Amy get up from the table to leave in Chapter 4?

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

Essay 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," one chapter is devoted to Zuckerman's imagining of Amy as Anne Frank. Write a response explaining why Zuckerman comes up with this imagined scenario. What impact does this imagined story have on the plot? How does the story impact the characters, if at all? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Lonoff's wife, Hope, is an important element of "The Ghost Writer." Write a response explaining the importance of Hope in the story and the role she plays in the plot. What happens to Hope that affects the other characters in the story? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

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