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 type of philosophy does Lonoff have an abundance of?

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

3. In the quote in Lonoff's study, "the rest is the madness of" what?

4. What game does Sidney teach Nathan and his brother?

5. What college did Nathan attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zuckerman's father not like about the "Higher Education" story?

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

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

4. Why does Zuckerman's father say everyone stopped by on the Sunday Zuckerman was home before leaving for Quahsay?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

10. How does Zuckerman react to the decor in Lonoff's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Each of "The Ghost Writer"s four chapters has a different title. Explain the relevance of each chapter's title in relation to the events of that particular chapter. What does each chapter title mean? How does the chapter title connect to the events of that chapter? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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