Lilith Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Mr. Vane desires to be helpful to the Little Ones and others he meets in the other world. Sometimes what he thinks is being helpful is actually harmful. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze three situations when Mr. Vane is trying to be helpful but the results are harmful. What is he trying to do? Why does he want to help? Is his help actually needed? What is the result of his help?

2. MacDonald seems to suggest that the "modern" world of his day was abandoning philanthropy in the pursuit of knowledge and material possessions. Discuss this idea in light of the text using examples to illustrate your thoughts.

3. In your own experience, do you think at times it is difficult to distinguish between helpfulness and causing harm? Why or why not? How can one know when to help and when to leave someone to figure things out for themselves?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Shadow is two-dimensional, opaque , absorbing its own shadow, and invariably accompanied by an enormous white female leopard. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the appearance of the character "The Shadow." Is he/she/it "real"? Why do you think is is usually accompanied by the white female leopard? Do you think this implies that the Shadow is male energy?

2. There is a concept that everyone has a "shadow" side. Trace and analyze this concept as it occurs in LILITH. Does every in the book seem to have a shadow side? If their shadow side seems predominant (such as Lilith or the Giants) do they have a "light" side? Do the Little Ones have a shadow side? What about Adam? Eve? Are the Giants the shadow side of something/someone else? Who?

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