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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 the Princess ask Vane to do?

2. About what is the song Eve sings?

3. Who hugs Vane when he enters the palace?

4. Who does Mara become?

5. How are the two worlds described in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what does Raven read from the mutilated book?

2. When Vane sees the Princess, what does she tell him when she first sees him and what does he think?

3. What happens to the white cat that interrupts Raven's reading?

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

5. What happens to the baby that the "fugitive mother" was carrying?

6. What does the Princess tell Vane after Vane bathes and eats?

7. Describe Vane's trek to buy Lililth's hand.

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

9. What does Adam explain about sleep?

10. What saves Vane from wolves and how do they influence Vane?

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

LILITH is first published in the last decade of the 19th century, a time when much of the writing was greatly influenced by religious motifs and classical Roman and Greek works. In addition to the classics, MacDonald is very well-versed in the works of more "recent" (recent to his time) writers such as William Blake and those of the Romantic era. Therefore, knowledge of the author and of some of the influences on his writing is helpful in understanding much of the symbolism and imagery in LILITH.

1. Research the author George MacDonald. Where does he grow up; what is his religious background; where is he educated and what does he study? What are his beliefs as an adult?

2. What do you learn about George MacDonald's life that you think influences his writing of Lilith? Give examples from your research and then pair it up with examples from the text of Lilith.

3. Choose one Romantic writer such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, etc... and after researching your chosen author, see if you can find how the author may have influenced MacDonald in his writing of LILITH.

Essay Topic 3

Obviously, much of Lilith is grounded in Judeo-Christian traditions and writings. Discuss one the following:

1. Discuss five images that arise out of the Torah/Old Testament. What does each image mean in the Torah/Old Testament? How is the meaning of the image similar in Lilith as in the Torah/Old Testament? How is the meaning different?

2. Discuss five images that arise out of the Christian text called The New Testament. What does each image mean in the The New Testament? How is the meaning of the image similar in Lilith as in the The New Testament? How is the meaning different?

3. Some critics/readers have suggested that Lilith is a Christian allegory, while others say that it has elements of an allegory, but is not. Define allegory and discuss whether you think Lilith is an allegory. Give examples to support your stance.

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