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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. About what are the riddles Mr. Vane hears?

2. What library does Cat-Woman tell Vane to visit to learn about the Little Ones?

3. What does the woman catch biting Vane?

4. What does the person in the ravine say about the Little Ones?

5. What kind of eyes does the beautiful woman have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the battle Vane witness when he wakes after falling asleep in the forest.

2. How does Vane continue to try to resurrect the fresh corpse of the woman?

3. Describe the skeleton couple Vane meets.

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

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

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

7. What does Vane do that is an "awful duty"?

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

9. What happens after Vane eats a tiny apple?

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of "universal salvation" as it occurs in LILITH. What does this term mean in context of Christianity? How is it expressed in Lilith? Is this concept part of the fundamental precepts of most Christian sects? Why or why not?

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of greed as it occurs in LILITH. What characters are greedy? Why? Is Vane greedy when he reaches out to grasp the beautiful creature he sees (Chapter 7, p. 47). Who is able to let go of greed? How do they do so? Does anyone refuse to transform his/her greed? Who? Why?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze the juxtaposing of beauty with evil. How are the two concepts related? What characters are beautiful? Is beauty only physical? What characters are beautiful on the outside but evil on the inside? Is the internal evil transformed to match the external beauty? With whom? How?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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