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. Why does Lonoff have different colored paper on his desk?

2. What year is it in Chapter 1?

3. Who calls Nathan at Quahsay?

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

5. What publication writes a blurb about Nathan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Amy say she wrote and kept the diary while in hiding?

2. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

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

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

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

6. Why does Hope think Amy wants to take her place as Lonoff's companion?

7. Why can Zuckerman no longer think of Amy as herself in Chapter 4?

8. According to Chapter 3, why does Lonoff drive to New York in the middle of the night?

9. Why does Hope tell Lonoff that he does not want her to leave?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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