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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 book contains the only photograph of Lonoff?

2. What does Lonoff leave at home during Sunday walks?

3. To what animal does Nathan's father compare Sidney?

4. What is pinned to Lonoff's study wall?

5. What religion are Lonoff and Nathan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Zuckerman's father say everyone stopped by on the Sunday Zuckerman was home before leaving for Quahsay?

2. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

3. Why does Zuckerman's father go to Judge Leopold Wapter with the "Higher Education" story?

4. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

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

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

7. Why do the Wapters include a list of questions in their response to Zuckerman's "Higher Education" story?

8. How does Zuckerman react to the decor in Lonoff's home?

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

10. What is one of the most admirable things about Lonoff for Zuckerman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roth, a Jewish writer, also uses Jewish characters in his story. Those characters, in turn, reference other Jews and Jewish traditions and beliefs. Write a response exploring the importance of Zuckerman's repeated references to Anne Frank in light of being Jewish. Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"The Ghost Writer" is the first in Roth's series of Zuckerman books. Write a response explaining how this book sets up and prepares the reader for the res of the books in the Zuckerman series. What happens in this book that might foreshadow future books' events? How does Roth prepare the reader to continue Zuckerman's story in subsequent books? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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