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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

Roth writes "The Ghost Writer" in first person with Zuckerman as the narrator. Write a response explaining why it is important that the story is presented in first person. What does this point of view allow the reader to know about the story's plot? What does a first-person point of view deny the reader? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In "The Ghost Writer," Zuckerman worships "high art," while Lonoff tends to dismiss it. Write a response exploring the pros and cons of worshiping this "high art." How do the characters demonstrate these pros and cons? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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