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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 kind of tree is in the ruins of a church?

2. What does the woman offer Vane for a safe transit home?

3. What is the man in the mirror doing?

4. To whose care do the Little Ones commend Vane?

5. What does his guide become after Vane holds it?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Raven explain the sleepers?

2. What does Raven give Vane to follow and what happens to the guide?

3. Why does Vane follow the woman?

4. To where does Mr. Vane follow the figure who appears and disappears?

5. What happens after Vane eats a tiny apple?

6. How does Vane meet Cat-Woman and how does he feel about her?

7. What does Vane do at Cat-Woman's house?

8. Describe the skeleton couple Vane meets.

9. What does Raven call the place where Mr. Vane is and what odd things are there?

10. What happens to set Mr. Vane off on his quest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of "universal salvation" as it occurs in LILITH. What does this term mean in context of Christianity? How is it expressed in Lilith? Is this concept part of the fundamental precepts of most Christian sects? Why or why not?

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of greed as it occurs in LILITH. What characters are greedy? Why? Is Vane greedy when he reaches out to grasp the beautiful creature he sees (Chapter 7, p. 47). Who is able to let go of greed? How do they do so? Does anyone refuse to transform his/her greed? Who? Why?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze the juxtaposing of beauty with evil. How are the two concepts related? What characters are beautiful? Is beauty only physical? What characters are beautiful on the outside but evil on the inside? Is the internal evil transformed to match the external beauty? With whom? How?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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