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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. In what state does the woman think she has been?

2. What happens to the worms that the Raven tosses in the air?

3. Where is Vane's grandfather?

4. What is the man in the mirror doing?

5. How will Vane learn to recognize the flower?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens after Vane eats a tiny apple?

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

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

6. Describe the Fugitive Mother, who is the one who pushes for an attack on the city.

7. What does Vane do that is an "awful duty"?

8. What happens to the baby that the "fugitive mother" was carrying?

9. How are the sleepers described?

10. What does Raven say every human being has within?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of major woman characters in LILITH. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Lilith to Eve. How are they alike? How are they different? Who seems more authentic? Who seems wiser? Stronger? More likable?

2. Compare/contrast the two personalities of the woman first called "Cat-Woman" and then later she calls herself Mara.

3. Discuss how you think MacDonald views women from how he portrays them in LILITH. Does he see them as one-dimensional? Complex? Either good or evil (nothing in between). As equal to men? Superior or inferior to men?

Essay Topic 2

A clear and prominent theme of LILITH is that of death. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of death in LILITH. What are some symbols to represent death? Are there different types of death? Is death really death? Is death an illusion or real?

2. Discuss the attitude of the following characters towards death: Raven, Mr. Vane, The Little Ones, Cat-Woman, Eve, Lilith, Mr. Vane's grandfather.

3. After reading LILITH, if you thought it was an accurate portrayal of what death is, would you welcome it or run from it? Explain fully with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

She calls the Little Ones "careless little Lovers" who do not know their own names. When Vane wonders about his own true name, she declares that this is unimportant. In many cultures, names are considered sacred and one who knows someone else's "true" name has power over that person. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the concept of names in Lilith. Does a person have more than one name? Why or why not? How is a true name given? Why use more than one name?

2. How does Vane's relationship change to others as he learns their names? (For example, when he figures out that Raven is actually Adam from the creation story in Genesis.)

3. Do you think Lilith's name changes as she finally agrees to sleep (true death)? Why or why not.

4. Why do you think the Little Ones do not know their own names? Why does Lona know her name? What do you think will change about the Little Ones as they (if they) learn their names?

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