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. Who is the man that the narrator is going to visit in Chapter 1?

2. How many times does Nathan read "The Middle Years"?

3. What type of typewriter does Lonoff have?

4. To what animal does Nathan compare his parents?

5. What writer does Nathan connect to Lonoff?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Zuckerman think might be a good idea for a writer based on the reactions of the New York party-goers at the publishing party?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Lonoff's living room as Zuckerman sees it in Chapter 1.

10. What is surprising to Zuckerman about the typewriter in Lonoff's study?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Ghost Writer", there is a reference to Henry James' "The Middle Years." Zuckerman comes across the following quote in James' story: "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art." Write a response exploring the relevance of this quote to the story. What does the quote mean? How does it connect to the book? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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