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 do the college boys call the overseer?

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

3. What college did Nathan attend?

4. Who is Meema Chaya?

5. How long was Lonoff in New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Amy believe she has the power to teach through the diary, if she remains dead to everyone?

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

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

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

5. What does Amy fear Lonoff will think about her after she tells him her story in Chapter 3?

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

7. Why does Amy want a room with a telephone?

8. Why does Zuckerman's mother call Quahsay?

9. Why does Amy get up from the table to leave in Chapter 4?

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

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

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 3

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.

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