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

2. Who calls for Lonoff in Chapter 1?

3. What battleship was Sidney on, according to Nathan's story?

4. What college are the twins supposed to graduate from in Nathan's story?

5. How does Nathan want his parents to feel about him when he sends them the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zuckerman react to the decor in Lonoff's home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Zuckerman's father go to Judge Leopold Wapter with the "Higher Education" story?

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

10. Why does Zuckerman begin writing down the names of everything on Lonoff's bookshelves in his study?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roth uses his stories to make a statement on the role of the writer. Write a response exploring how Roth makes this statement in "The Ghost Writer." How do the characters help perpetuate Roth's statement on the role of the writer. What do the characters believe the role of the writer is? How do the characters' beliefs reflect Roth's beliefs? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Ghost Writer," Zuckerman searches out Lonoff as a mentor and father figure. Write a response exploring Zuckerman's search for a father figure. Why is he looking for a mentor and father figure? How does Zuckerman's relationship with his own father contribute to him seeking out another mentor/father figure? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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