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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. Who is Lona?

2. What kind of flower does Raven show Vane?

3. What legend does Vane learn from his butler?

4. What is the name of Mr. Vane's household ghost?

5. What does Vane do that makes it difficult for him to find love?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Vane say he is unworthy to sleep in the chamber and what does he have to first do before sleeping?

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

3. Why do the Little Ones weep and why does Vane worry about his interaction with them?

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

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

6. Why does the Princess of Bulika kill babies?

7. What does Lona tell Vane has happened since he was last there?

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

9. What does Raven give Vane to follow and what happens to the guide?

10. How does Vane bond with a magnificent horse and what does he do with the horse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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