The Ghost Writer Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How many people were together in the attic rooms in the Amsterdam building?

2. Where did Amy come to New York from?

3. Who does Amy feel responsible to in Chapter 3?

4. How long did it take the family to be transported to Auschwitz?

5. Where does Amy get a copy of the diary from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can Zuckerman no longer think of Amy as herself in Chapter 4?

2. What does Zuckerman imagine saying to his family as he sits at breakfast with Amy and the Lonoffs?

3. What does Hope come down the stairs with in Chapter 4?

4. How does Amy find out about her father, according to the story in Chapter 3?

5. What significance does Zuckerman see in Amy's wool cap in Chapter 4?

6. How does the diary come to be published?

7. Why does Hope tell Lonoff that he does not want her to leave?

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

9. What does Amy realize when she hears the woman say "Oh, no" in the theater?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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