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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. Who is sobbing over Lona's body?

3. What happens to the hole Vane digs?

4. What does Vane contemplate?

5. What does Odu beg of Mara?

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. Describe Vane.

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Lona.

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

9. What does Vane think about after he has been "pushed" back into his own world?

10. What does Lilith do in the desert and what does she demand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of major woman characters in LILITH. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Lilith to Eve. How are they alike? How are they different? Who seems more authentic? Who seems wiser? Stronger? More likable?

2. Compare/contrast the two personalities of the woman first called "Cat-Woman" and then later she calls herself Mara.

3. Discuss how you think MacDonald views women from how he portrays them in LILITH. Does he see them as one-dimensional? Complex? Either good or evil (nothing in between). As equal to men? Superior or inferior to men?

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

A clear and prominent theme of LILITH is that of death. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of death in LILITH. What are some symbols to represent death? Are there different types of death? Is death really death? Is death an illusion or real?

2. Discuss the attitude of the following characters towards death: Raven, Mr. Vane, The Little Ones, Cat-Woman, Eve, Lilith, Mr. Vane's grandfather.

3. After reading LILITH, if you thought it was an accurate portrayal of what death is, would you welcome it or run from it? Explain fully with examples from the text.

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