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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. Who is Lona?

2. What does Vane do when the Ravens leave?

3. What is a characteristic of objects in this place?

4. What is the rosebush?

5. Where does Raven lead Vane?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Vane interact with the white Leopardess?

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

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

7. Describe Vane's encounter with a frightened woman in Bulika.

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

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Lilith, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Do you think it is harder to identify the plot in a fantasy novel than some others? Why or why not?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. The sub-title of the book Lilth is "A Romance." What is the plot that deals with a romance? Discuss the story as a "romance" and how it is structured.

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

Chapter 1, "The Library," establishes that young Mr. Vane, an orphan and recent Oxford graduate, has an interest in the metaphysical. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "metaphysical."

2. Discuss what elements of the metaphysical appear in Lilith, e. g.: What elements of Lilith seem outside the five senses? Give examples. What things that happen cannot be proved by normal scientific methods?

3. What challenges are there in reading a novel that is based in metaphysics?

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