Lilith Test | Final 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. Who does Mara become?

2. What does the Princess do?

3. Whose brain has Vane been inside?

4. What does Raven summon as the moon rises?

5. Into what does the spotted leopard turn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Vane told when he seems to wake up and goes outside to find the desert alive with streams and ponds?

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

3. What does Raven tell Vane back at Vane's house?

4. Describe Vane.

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

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

7. How does Lilith get her hand unclenched and what happens to her?

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

9. Describe the garret and mirror.

10. Who pushes for an attack on the city and what is Vane's response?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Mr. Vane. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? How do you think his time in the other world influences who he is in the "real" world? Or does it?

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Mr. Raven/Adam. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise?

3. Why do you think there are more well-developed female characters than male characters? Discuss fully with examples.

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