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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. How does the woman think Vane has shamed her?

2. Where is Vane taken?

3. For what does the woman who has come back from death ask?

4. What does the woman offer Vane for a safe transit home?

5. What is the rosebush?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Vane decide to go on his own to Raven's world and what sort of reception does he get from Raven?

7. How are the sleepers described?

8. How does Raven explain the sleepers?

9. Why does the Princess of Bulika kill babies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss LILITH based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Lilith is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that LILITH is written in the 19th century changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

She calls the Little Ones "careless little Lovers" who do not know their own names. When Vane wonders about his own true name, she declares that this is unimportant. In many cultures, names are considered sacred and one who knows someone else's "true" name has power over that person. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the concept of names in Lilith. Does a person have more than one name? Why or why not? How is a true name given? Why use more than one name?

2. How does Vane's relationship change to others as he learns their names? (For example, when he figures out that Raven is actually Adam from the creation story in Genesis.)

3. Do you think Lilith's name changes as she finally agrees to sleep (true death)? Why or why not.

4. Why do you think the Little Ones do not know their own names? Why does Lona know her name? What do you think will change about the Little Ones as they (if they) learn their names?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 8, Vane examines some old papers. One thing written there is the sentence: "I know the outspread splendour a passing show ... it may... be lifted to reveal more wonderful things." Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the implication of the above quote as to the nature of reality.

2. The reality of the world into which Vane enters through the mirror is quite different from the "real" world which is composed of only three dimensions. Compare/contrast the properties of the "real" world (that which we live in) to the properties of the world Vane visits.

3. At the end of the book, Vane, Lona and the Little Ones are walking towards a City on top of a mountain. The suggestion is that this city is "heaven." Discuss how you think the world of this city may differ from both our earth and the world in which Bulika is set.

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