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 school does Lonoff teach at?

2. What coursework is Nathan's brother completing?

3. What month does the narrator reference in the opening of Chapter 1?

4. Who does Nathan try to write a letter to in Lonoff's study?

5. Where does Amy work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Amy do when she receives the copy of the book?

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

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

4. What does Amy realize when she hears the woman say "Oh, no" in the theater?

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

6. Zuckerman notices that Lonoff has also changed at breakfast. To what does Zuckerman attribute the change in Lonoff and Hope?

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

8. What is pinned to the bulletin board in Lonoff's office?

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

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

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

"The Ghost Writer" is the first in Roth's series of Zuckerman books. Write a response explaining how this book sets up and prepares the reader for the res of the books in the Zuckerman series. What happens in this book that might foreshadow future books' events? How does Roth prepare the reader to continue Zuckerman's story in subsequent books? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

In "The Ghost Writer," Zuckerman worships "high art," while Lonoff tends to dismiss it. Write a response exploring the pros and cons of worshiping this "high art." How do the characters demonstrate these pros and cons? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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