The Ghost Writer Test | Final 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 song is Lonoff humming when he comes to breakfast in Chapter 4?

2. Who is Amy looking for in Chapter 3?

3. To what flower does Nathan compare Hope in Chapter 4?

4. How long does it take Amy to get the diary?

5. What is Amy's father's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the diary come to be published?

2. According to the story in Chapter 3, why does Amy take a new name?

3. What does Hope come down the stairs with in Chapter 4?

4. Why does Amy get up from the table to leave in Chapter 4?

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

6. What does Amy believe she has the power to teach through the diary, if she remains dead to everyone?

7. According to Chapter 3, why does Lonoff drive to New York in the middle of the night?

8. Why does Hope think she has embarrassed Amy in Chapter 4?

9. What does Amy fear Lonoff will think about her after she tells him her story in Chapter 3?

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

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

Each of "The Ghost Writer"s four chapters has a different title. Explain the relevance of each chapter's title in relation to the events of that particular chapter. What does each chapter title mean? How does the chapter title connect to the events of that chapter? Use specific references to the story in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Philip Roth tends to use some of his characters as alter egos of himself. Explore Roth's use of characters in "The Ghost Writer" as alter egos. Who is Roth's alter ego in the story? Can more than one character serve as an alter ego? How do the characters become alter egos? Use specific examples from the story in the response.

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