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 coursework is Nathan's brother completing?

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

3. What do the college boys call the overseer?

4. What writer does Nathan connect to Lonoff?

5. What are the watercolor paintings in the living room of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

3. How does Zuckerman's father think the "Higher Education" story will be perceived if it is published?

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

5. Why does Zuckerman contact Lonoff?

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

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

8. How does Zuckerman come to Quahsay?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Ghost Writer," Roth uses the theme of the importance and role of family. What role does family play for each main character (Amy, Lonoff, Hope, Zuckerman)? How is each characters' family portrayed? How do the characters' families influence the book's plot? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Roth writes "The Ghost Writer" in first person with Zuckerman as the narrator. Write a response explaining why it is important that the story is presented in first person. What does this point of view allow the reader to know about the story's plot? What does a first-person point of view deny the reader? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Philip Roth is a Jewish writer, and many of his books focus on the treatment and conditions of Jews in America. "The Ghost Writer" is no exception to this topic. Write a response exploring how Roth views the treatment and status of Jews through "The Ghost Writer." How are Jews portrayed in the book? How does the portrayal reflect Roth's own beliefs and interpretation of the treatment of Jews? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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