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. What do Lonoff's friends call him?

3. What college did Nathan attend?

4. Where does the narrator go at the beginning of the book?

5. What does Chaya mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zuckerman tell Lonoff when he asks Zuckerman about his life in Chapter 1?

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

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

4. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

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

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

7. Why does Zuckerman contact Lonoff?

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

9. Describe Lonoff's living room as Zuckerman sees it in Chapter 1.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Ghost Writer," Roth explores the idea of an author's responsibility to his subjects and characters. Write a response exploring how this idea of responsibility is portrayed in the story. How does Roth connect this idea to the characters in the story? How is Roth responsible for the subjects and characters in the story? How are the writers in the story responsible for their own subjects and characters? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

"The Ghost Writer" is the first in Roth's series of Zuckerman books. Write a response explaining how this book sets up and prepares the reader for the res of the books in the Zuckerman series. What happens in this book that might foreshadow future books' events? How does Roth prepare the reader to continue Zuckerman's story in subsequent books? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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