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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. Where is Vane's grandfather?

2. What kind of flower does Raven show Vane?

3. When will Vane know the reasons for what the sleepers do?

4. How does the woman think Vane has shamed her?

5. Who is Astarte?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Of what do the Little Ones warn Vane?

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

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

5. What does Raven say about prayers to Vane?

6. Describe Bulika.

7. Briefly describe the legend that Mr. Vane learns from his butler.

8. What does Lona tell Vane about Little Ones and what is his response?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Mr. Vane. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? How do you think his time in the other world influences who he is in the "real" world? Or does it?

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Mr. Raven/Adam. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise?

3. Why do you think there are more well-developed female characters than male characters? Discuss fully with examples.

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