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. What year is it in Chapter 1?

2. Where does Lonoff tell Nathan that Amy is from?

3. How many daughters does Lonoff have?

4. What kind of validation does Nathan want from Lonoff?

5. Where do some people think Lonoff was writing from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Zuckerman say he stays up in Lonoff's study?

3. Why do the Wapters include a list of questions in their response to Zuckerman's "Higher Education" story?

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

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

6. Zuckerman notices that Lonoff has also changed at breakfast. To what does Zuckerman attribute the change in Lonoff and Hope?

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

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

9. How does Amy obtain a copy of "Het Achterhuis?"

10. Why do the women at the play upset Amy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The theme of identity is prevalent throughout the story - from Zuckerman looking to form his identity as a writer to Amy finding her identity as a student. Write a response exploring the theme of identity in the story as presented by the main characters. What is an identity? What types of identities are presented in the story? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Roth uses his stories to make a statement on the role of the writer. Write a response exploring how Roth makes this statement in "The Ghost Writer." How do the characters help perpetuate Roth's statement on the role of the writer. What do the characters believe the role of the writer is? How do the characters' beliefs reflect Roth's beliefs? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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