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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 exist?
2. What keeps expanding?
3. How does Lilith attach Vane?
4. Who tramples the Giants?
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. Why does Vane say he is unworthy to sleep in the chamber and what does he have to first do before sleeping?
3. Describe the garret and mirror.
4. What does Mara do with Lilith?
5. What does Vane think about after he has been "pushed" back into his own world?
6. Describe Lona.
7. What happens to the baby that the "fugitive mother" was carrying?
8. Describe Vane's trek to buy Lililth's hand.
9. When Vane sees the Princess, what does she tell him when she first sees him and what does he think?
10. What does Lona tell Vane has happened since he was last there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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