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 Nathan's father's moral mentor?

2. What book contains the only photograph of Lonoff?

3. Who calls for Lonoff in Chapter 1?

4. Who does Nathan's father contact for help in getting to a higher person for advice about Nathan's story?

5. What is playing in Hope's kitchen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Zuckerman contact Lonoff?

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

4. 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?

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

6. How does Zuckerman describe a typical Lonoff hero?

7. Why does Zuckerman begin writing down the names of everything on Lonoff's bookshelves in his 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. What response does Zuckerman get when he mentions Lonoff's name at a publishing party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amy plays a vital role in "The Ghost Writer." Write a response exploring the role and importance of Amy to the story. How does she interact with the other main characters? Why is she important? What conflicts/events involve Amy? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Roth uses his stories to make a statement on the role of the writer. Write a response exploring how Roth makes this statement in "The Ghost Writer." How do the characters help perpetuate Roth's statement on the role of the writer. What do the characters believe the role of the writer is? How do the characters' beliefs reflect Roth's beliefs? 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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