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 does Nathan stare at, in Lonoff's study?

2. Where is Judge Wapter's wife from?

3. What coursework is Nathan's brother completing?

4. What does Nathan's family eat at Sunday brunch?

5. How many pages is "Higher Education"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Zuckerman begin writing a letter to his father as he sits in Lonoff's study?

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

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

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

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

The theme of identity is prevalent throughout the story - from Zuckerman looking to form his identity as a writer to Amy finding her identity as a student. Write a response exploring the theme of identity in the story as presented by the main characters. What is an identity? What types of identities are presented in the story? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Roth, a Jewish writer, also uses Jewish characters in his story. Those characters, in turn, reference other Jews and Jewish traditions and beliefs. Write a response exploring the importance of Zuckerman's repeated references to Anne Frank in light of being Jewish. Use specific references to the story in the response.

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