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 does Nathan go to be interviewed for his college admissions letter?

2. Who does Nathan's father seek out for advice on Nathan's short story?

3. What type of suit is the "great man" wearing in Chapter 1?

4. What does Chaya mean?

5. Who does Nathan's father contact for help in getting to a higher person for advice about Nathan's story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the girl-woman Zuckerman sees at Lonoff's house in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

7. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

8. Describe the Zuckerman family's typical Sunday brunch.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Ghost Writer," Roth explores the themes of adultery and infidelity. Write a response exploring the theme of infidelity in the story. Who commits infidelity in the story? How does that infidelity impact the other characters? What statement does Roth make about adultery and infidelity through those events? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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