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 poet does Chopin's work get compared to in Lonoff's study?

2. What do Nathan's parents listen to on the radio on Sundays?

3. What does Lonoff say he turns all day?

4. What do the college boys call the overseer?

5. What does Nathan stare at, in Lonoff's study?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What response does Zuckerman get when he mentions Lonoff's name at a publishing party?

4. Why does Zuckerman begin writing down the names of everything on Lonoff's bookshelves in his study?

5. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

6. Describe the Zuckerman family's typical Sunday brunch.

7. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

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

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

10. What is Zuckerman carrying in his briefcase that he takes to Lonoff's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Underlying themes in "The Ghost Writer" are the roles and "confusion" of fact and fiction. Write a response explaining how fact and fiction are confused and misinterpreted in the story. What elements of fiction are presented as fact? What elements are presented as fiction, but are indeed facts? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Roth writes "The Ghost Writer" in first person with Zuckerman as the narrator. Write a response explaining why it is important that the story is presented in first person. What does this point of view allow the reader to know about the story's plot? What does a first-person point of view deny the reader? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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