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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 college did Nathan attend?
2. How long has Nathan let his father stew?
3. Who is the overseer at Nathan's day job?
4. What battleship was Sidney on, according to Nathan's story?
5. How old was Amy when she wrote to Lonoff?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is surprising to Zuckerman about the typewriter in Lonoff's study?
2. What earlier connection does Zuckerman have to Judge Wapter?
3. What does Zuckerman's first reading of Lonoff's work show him about his own life?
4. What does Zuckerman tell Lonoff when he asks Zuckerman about his life in Chapter 1?
5. Why do the Wapters include a list of questions in their response to Zuckerman's "Higher Education" story?
6. How does Zuckerman's father think the "Higher Education" story will be perceived if it is published?
7. Why does Zuckerman begin writing down the names of everything on Lonoff's bookshelves in his study?
8. Why does Lonoff ask Zuckerman to call him Manny?
9. Why does Zuckerman begin writing a letter to his father as he sits in Lonoff's study?
10. Why does Zuckerman contact Lonoff?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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