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. Who is Betsy?

2. What month does the narrator reference in the opening of Chapter 1?

3. What does Nathan's family eat at Sunday brunch?

4. What does Nathan want from Lonoff in Chapter 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Zuckerman skeptical of the party-goers' analysis of Lonoff?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Zuckerman think might be a good idea for a writer based on the reactions of the New York party-goers at the publishing party?

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

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

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

Throughout "The Ghost Writer," Roth explores the theme and idea of needing inspiration to create art. Write a response exploring this theme in the story. Which characters are looking for inspiration to create their art? Which characters and events serve as inspiration for this art? 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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