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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 Vane do when the Ravens leave?

2. How long have the Little Ones existed?

3. What happens when Vane eats a tiny apple?

4. How does Vane try to revive the corpse?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the sleepers described?

2. Why does the Princess of Bulika kill babies?

3. Describe Bulika.

4. Describe what happens at the Sexton's Cottage before they go through the inner door.

5. What does Mr. Vane ask of the raven and how does the raven respond?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 4, when Vane objects to not being treated as a free agent, Raven claims that once he chooses to be free, he will be free, and adds that Vane is just beginning to become an individual. Likewise, one can only make a fool of oneself. Such riddles become the bane of Vane's existence. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss and analyze two riddles that occurs in Lilith. What do you think each riddle means? Why do you think Raven talks in riddles (at least in Vane's opinion) at times?

2. Many spiritual teachers are known to speak in parables, or something akin to riddles, to their followers. Why do you think parables and riddles are used so often as teaching tools for esoteric ideas?

3. Offer a reader-response to the use of riddles in Lilith. Do they frustrate you or intrigue you? Or a little of both? Give examples and explain your response to them.

Essay Topic 3

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of LILITH and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Lilith is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Discuss two ideas from Lilith that you find intriguing and why.

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