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. How many pages is "Higher Education"?

2. What does Nathan's family eat at Sunday brunch?

3. What award did Lonoff's sixth book win?

4. Who is Nathan's father's moral mentor?

5. Who is Meema Chaya?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is pinned to the bulletin board in Lonoff's office?

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

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

4. What is one of the most admirable things about Lonoff for Zuckerman?

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

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

8. How does the trouble between Zuckerman and his father begin, according to Zuckerman in Chapter 2?

9. Describe the man Nathan Zuckerman meets in the beginning of Chapter 1.

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

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

Philip Roth tends to use some of his characters as alter egos of himself. Explore Roth's use of characters in "The Ghost Writer" as alter egos. Who is Roth's alter ego in the story? Can more than one character serve as an alter ego? How do the characters become alter egos? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

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