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 Jew is Judge Wapter?

2. Who writes a college admissions letter for Nathan?

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

4. Where does the narrator live?

5. How old is the house, according to the narrator, in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Zuckerman's father go to Judge Leopold Wapter with the "Higher Education" story?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

Write a response exploring the meaning of the book's title, "The Ghost Writer." Who is the "ghost writer"? Why is this title appropriate for the book? What does the title tell the reader the book might be about? What does the title mean? Would a different title be more appropriate for the story? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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