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 play does the letter suggest Nathan see?

2. What type of typewriter does Lonoff have?

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

4. Where did Nathan and his brother go to watch prize fights?

5. Lonoff expresses distaste about the range of his what in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Zuckerman skeptical of the party-goers' analysis of Lonoff?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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 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

Throughout "The Ghost Writer," Roth explores the theme and idea of needing inspiration to create art. Write a response exploring this theme in the story. Which characters are looking for inspiration to create their art? Which characters and events serve as inspiration for this art? Use specific references to the story in the response.

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