The Ghost Writer Test | Mid-Book 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. Where do some people think Lonoff was writing from?

2. How does Nathan want his parents to feel about him when he sends them the story?

3. How often do the buses stop at Elizabeth Ave?

4. Who writes a letter to Nathan at Quahsay?

5. Where did Nathan get accepted to spend the winter months when he was younger?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Zuckerman's father not like about the "Higher Education" story?

3. How does Zuckerman convince Lonoff to meet with him?

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

5. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

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

7. Describe the man Nathan Zuckerman meets in the beginning of Chapter 1.

8. Why does Lonoff ask Zuckerman to call him Manny?

9. What earlier connection does Zuckerman have to Judge Wapter?

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

Lonoff's wife, Hope, is an important element of "The Ghost Writer." Write a response explaining the importance of Hope in the story and the role she plays in the plot. What happens to Hope that affects the other characters in the story? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Ghost Writer," Zuckerman searches out Lonoff as a mentor and father figure. Write a response exploring Zuckerman's search for a father figure. Why is he looking for a mentor and father figure? How does Zuckerman's relationship with his own father contribute to him seeking out another mentor/father figure? Use specific references to the story 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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