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The Ghost Writer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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



2. Who is the city's first Jewish mayor?



3. How many years are there between Lonoff's first book and his sixth book?



4. What is the title of Nathan's story?



5. What kind of car does Amy drive?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?



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



4. Why does Zuckerman begin writing a letter to his father as he sits in Lonoff's study?



5. 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?



6. Why does Amy want a room with a telephone?



7. According to the story in Chapter 3, why does Amy take a new name?



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



9. Why does Amy get up from the table to leave in Chapter 4?



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



Essay Topics

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.

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.

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.

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