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 other people does a secretary represent to Lonoff?

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

3. What is Hope carrying when she comes down the stairs?

4. What is Hope trying to leave?

5. Where is Amy staying when she calls Lonoff?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Amy fear Lonoff will think about her after she tells him her story in Chapter 3?

3. Why does Lonoff say he threw out an old razor blade that morning in Chapter 4?

4. What does Amy do when she receives the copy of the book?

5. Why does Hope storm out of the kitchen in Chapter 4?

6. Why does Hope think Amy wants to take her place as Lonoff's companion?

7. Why is Amy not surprised when Zuckerman tells her she looks like Anne Frank?

8. Why does Hope think she has embarrassed Amy in Chapter 4?

9. To whom does Zuckerman compare Anne Frank when he is talking to Amy in Chapter 4?

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

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.

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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