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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 learn from Lona?

2. How is Cat-Woman described?

3. What makes a Little One grow or age?

4. How does the woman treat Vane?

5. For what does Raven use Vane's house?

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 call the place where Mr. Vane is and what odd things are there?

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

5. How does Vane interact with the white Leopardess?

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

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

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

9. What happens after Vane eats a tiny apple?

10. Why does Vane go to Bulika?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vane is told that moral laws are fundamentally the same everywhere not matter what world one lives in. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say moral laws are fundamentally the same everywhere not matter what world one lives in? (page 40 of text).

2. How would you respond to a book where the "good" people violate fundamental moral laws of the "real" world...for example: What if it is considered acceptable and good behavior to murder, rape, or steal?

3. There are diverse cultures in the "real" world who differ as to what they think is good or bad behavior. Discuss three behaviors you think are likely to be or should be considered immoral no matter what time/space/dimension, etc.... Are those behaviors present in Lilith? Are they considered immoral?

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

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?

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