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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 does Mr. Vane decide to do after waking?

2. What does Vane see but ignores?

3. How do the prayers rise from the church?

4. What does Vane beg of the woman?

5. By what do Vane and the Ravens walk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What comforts Vane about his father and what does Vane postulate about his father's death?

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

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

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

7. How does Raven explain the sleepers?

8. Describe Bulika.

9. Describe the skeleton couple Vane meets.

10. What does Mr. Vane think may have happened to him and what does he do because of that?

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

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.

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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