Lilith Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Vane think his father may have followed him to the heather?

2. How do the prayers rise from the church?

3. What does Mr. Vane decide to do after waking?

4. What does Vane examine along the river bed?

5. What is one person the papers mention?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bulika.

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

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

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

5. What happens after Vane eats a tiny apple?

6. How are the sleepers described?

7. Describe Vane's encounter with a frightened woman in Bulika.

8. Why does Vane follow the woman?

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

10. What does Raven say about prayers to Vane?

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

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

The idea of identity appears throughout Lilith. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of identity throughout LILITH. Whose identities change? Whose stay the same? Is one's identity set or does it change?

2. Do you think the word "identity" is the same as the concept of "true self"? Explain your response with examples from the text.

3. Does Mr. Vane's true self change or does his perception of who he is change? Explore this question fully with examples from the text.

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