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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 places where Mr. Vane expresses his loneliness and even suggests that being close to an animal would be better than nothing. It is human companionship that he seems to yearn for above all else. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the concept of loneliness throughout Lilith. Who seems lonely? Why are they lonely? Do they recognize the situation? What do they do to remedy their loneliness?

2. Is loneliness always a negative thing? What can be learned from loneliness? When does loneliness go from being a positive learning experience to an unhealthy situation? Discuss these question with both examples from the text and in your own experience.

3. Medical and scientific studies have suggested that people who live alone with no family, few friends and no pets tend to die sooner than those with some connections. Even people who are isolated but have a pet(s) seem to live longer than the completely alone. Research the topic, write a synopsis of your research and relate it to Lilith.

Essay Topic 2

LILITH is first published in the last decade of the 19th century, a time when much of the writing was greatly influenced by religious motifs and classical Roman and Greek works. In addition to the classics, MacDonald is very well-versed in the works of more "recent" (recent to his time) writers such as William Blake and those of the Romantic era. Therefore, knowledge of the author and of some of the influences on his writing is helpful in understanding much of the symbolism and imagery in LILITH.

1. Research the author George MacDonald. Where does he grow up; what is his religious background; where is he educated and what does he study? What are his beliefs as an adult?

2. What do you learn about George MacDonald's life that you think influences his writing of Lilith? Give examples from your research and then pair it up with examples from the text of Lilith.

3. Choose one Romantic writer such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, etc... and after researching your chosen author, see if you can find how the author may have influenced MacDonald in his writing of LILITH.

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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