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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. Where does the narrator go at the beginning of the book?

2. What type of typewriter does Lonoff have?

3. What play does the letter suggest Nathan see?

4. What does Nathan's family eat at Sunday brunch?

5. How many daughters does Lonoff have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the trouble between Zuckerman and his father begin, according to Zuckerman in Chapter 2?

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

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

5. What does Zuckerman's first reading of Lonoff's work show him about his own life?

6. 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?

7. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

In "The Ghost Writer", there is a reference to Henry James' "The Middle Years." Zuckerman comes across the following quote in James' story: "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art." Write a response exploring the relevance of this quote to the story. What does the quote mean? How does it connect to the book? Use specific references to the text 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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