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 year is it in Chapter 1?

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

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

4. Where did Nathan and his brother go to watch prize fights?

5. How long is Nathan's short story that he references in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Zuckerman say he stays up in Lonoff's study?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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