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 the narrator go at the beginning of the book?

2. How many years are there between Lonoff's first book and his sixth book?

3. Who calls for Lonoff in Chapter 1?

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

5. What does Lonoff leave at home during Sunday walks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

5. Why do the Wapters include a list of questions in their response to Zuckerman's "Higher Education" story?

6. What is Zuckerman carrying in his briefcase that he takes to Lonoff's house?

7. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In "The Ghost Writer," Zuckerman worships "high art," while Lonoff tends to dismiss it. Write a response exploring the pros and cons of worshiping this "high art." How do the characters demonstrate these pros and cons? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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