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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. How do the prayers rise from the church?

2. How does Mr. Vane feel about the garret in the morning?

3. What is the rosebush?

4. How is Cat-Woman described?

5. Who is Mr. Vane?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why isn't Raven very accommodating to Vane?

2. Why does Vane follow the woman?

3. What happens when Vane catches up to the woman?

4. How does Raven explain the sleepers?

5. Describe what happens at the Sexton's Cottage before they go through the inner door.

6. How does Vane interact with the white Leopardess?

7. Describe the skeleton couple Vane meets.

8. What does Vane's father describe in some papers Vane finds?

9. Why does the Princess of Bulika kill babies?

10. What does Mr. Vane ask of the raven and how does the raven respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vane is told that moral laws are fundamentally the same everywhere not matter what world one lives in. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say moral laws are fundamentally the same everywhere not matter what world one lives in? (page 40 of text).

2. How would you respond to a book where the "good" people violate fundamental moral laws of the "real" world...for example: What if it is considered acceptable and good behavior to murder, rape, or steal?

3. There are diverse cultures in the "real" world who differ as to what they think is good or bad behavior. Discuss three behaviors you think are likely to be or should be considered immoral no matter what time/space/dimension, etc.... Are those behaviors present in Lilith? Are they considered immoral?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of identity appears throughout Lilith. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of identity throughout LILITH. Whose identities change? Whose stay the same? Is one's identity set or does it change?

2. Do you think the word "identity" is the same as the concept of "true self"? Explain your response with examples from the text.

3. Does Mr. Vane's true self change or does his perception of who he is change? Explore this question fully with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

LILITH is first published in the last decade of the 19th century, a time when much of the writing was greatly influenced by religious motifs and classical Roman and Greek works. In addition to the classics, MacDonald is very well-versed in the works of more "recent" (recent to his time) writers such as William Blake and those of the Romantic era. Therefore, knowledge of the author and of some of the influences on his writing is helpful in understanding much of the symbolism and imagery in LILITH.

1. Research the author George MacDonald. Where does he grow up; what is his religious background; where is he educated and what does he study? What are his beliefs as an adult?

2. What do you learn about George MacDonald's life that you think influences his writing of Lilith? Give examples from your research and then pair it up with examples from the text of Lilith.

3. Choose one Romantic writer such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, etc... and after researching your chosen author, see if you can find how the author may have influenced MacDonald in his writing of LILITH.

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