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 philosophy does Lonoff have an abundance of?

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

3. How long has Nathan let his father stew?

4. What publication writes a blurb about Nathan?

5. Where does Lonoff tell Nathan that Amy is from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zuckerman convince Lonoff to meet with him?

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

3. Why does Zuckerman say he stays up in Lonoff's study?

4. Why does Zuckerman contact Lonoff?

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

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

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

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

9. What earlier connection does Zuckerman have to Judge Wapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a response exploring the meaning of the book's title, "The Ghost Writer." Who is the "ghost writer"? Why is this title appropriate for the book? What does the title tell the reader the book might be about? What does the title mean? Would a different title be more appropriate for the story? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Ghost Writer," Roth explores the idea of an author's responsibility to his subjects and characters. Write a response exploring how this idea of responsibility is portrayed in the story. How does Roth connect this idea to the characters in the story? How is Roth responsible for the subjects and characters in the story? How are the writers in the story responsible for their own subjects and characters? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Underlying themes in "The Ghost Writer" are the roles and "confusion" of fact and fiction. Write a response explaining how fact and fiction are confused and misinterpreted in the story. What elements of fiction are presented as fact? What elements are presented as fiction, but are indeed facts? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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