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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 growing up Vane's chimney?

2. How long have the Little Ones existed?

3. Who does Raven say is with Vane?

4. Where does Vane bathe the corpse?

5. What is one person the papers mention?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Princess of Bulika kill babies?

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

4. What does Cat-Woman say about the Giant Queen myth?

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

6. Of what do the Little Ones warn Vane?

7. How does Raven explain the sleepers?

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

9. Why does Vane go to Bulika?

10. How does the woman act when she first stands alive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Vane desires to be helpful to the Little Ones and others he meets in the other world. Sometimes what he thinks is being helpful is actually harmful. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze three situations when Mr. Vane is trying to be helpful but the results are harmful. What is he trying to do? Why does he want to help? Is his help actually needed? What is the result of his help?

2. MacDonald seems to suggest that the "modern" world of his day was abandoning philanthropy in the pursuit of knowledge and material possessions. Discuss this idea in light of the text using examples to illustrate your thoughts.

3. In your own experience, do you think at times it is difficult to distinguish between helpfulness and causing harm? Why or why not? How can one know when to help and when to leave someone to figure things out for themselves?

Essay Topic 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of LILITH and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Lilith is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Discuss two ideas from Lilith that you find intriguing and why.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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