The Big Sleep 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 is missing from the camera?

2. What time does Geiger arrive?

3. Where does Marlowe wait for Geiger?

4. What is written in the blue book?

5. Who owns Gieger's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What points to the fact that Marlowe has no money?

2. Why does Canino think Marlowe is dead?

3. What does Harry Jones want from Marlowe?

4. Why does Marlowe think he has been given a lawyer's job?

5. What does Marlowe hear when he eavesdrops on the conversation in chapter 26?

6. In what way has the woman threatened Vivian?

7. What has Marlowe figured out about the case in the final chapter?

8. What does Brody admit to Marlowe in chapter 16?

9. How does Marlowe show his intelligence in chapter 20?

10. What does Marlowe claim he thought the real case was?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Big Sleep is a famous book which has greatly influenced modern literature. Choose a book written after the novel that you think was influenced by it and discuss there similarities in terms of:

a) plot

b) character

c) themes.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Chandler's life. In what way do you think his life and personality is reflected in the book?

Essay Topic 3

What does Eddie Mars presence add to the book? How and why does Marlowe deal with Mars to get the information he wants? In what way is Mars a typical character from thirties popular culture?

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