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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 name does the Cat-Woman use?

2. What calms Vane at the cottage?

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

4. Where does Vane bathe the corpse?

5. Where does Raven lead Vane?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Raven say every human being has within?

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

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

6. How does the woman act when she first stands alive?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 1, "The Library," establishes that young Mr. Vane, an orphan and recent Oxford graduate, has an interest in the metaphysical. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "metaphysical."

2. Discuss what elements of the metaphysical appear in Lilith, e. g.: What elements of Lilith seem outside the five senses? Give examples. What things that happen cannot be proved by normal scientific methods?

3. What challenges are there in reading a novel that is based in metaphysics?

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

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?

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