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. Which branch of the military did the narrator serve in?

2. Where did Nathan and his brother go to watch prize fights?

3. What is Hope's Moscow, according to Lonoff?

4. What Norwegian writer is referenced in the letter?

5. Who does Nathan try to write a letter to in Lonoff's study?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the girl-woman Zuckerman sees at Lonoff's house in Chapter 1.

2. Why is Zuckerman surprised when Lonoff says nothing happens to him during their conversation in Chapter 1?

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

4. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

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

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

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

8. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

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

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

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

Amy plays a vital role in "The Ghost Writer." Write a response exploring the role and importance of Amy to the story. How does she interact with the other main characters? Why is she important? What conflicts/events involve Amy? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Ghost Writer," one chapter is devoted to Zuckerman's imagining of Amy as Anne Frank. Write a response explaining why Zuckerman comes up with this imagined scenario. What impact does this imagined story have on the plot? How does the story impact the characters, if at all? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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