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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Degarmo accuse Marlowe of?
(a) Loitering.
(b) Casing Almore's house.
(c) Casing Lavery's house.
(d) Being a public nuissance.

2. What is Marlowe's first impression of Sheriff Patton?
(a) He is antagonistic toward the sheriff.
(b) He doesn't know what to make of the sheriff.
(c) He distrusts the sheriff.
(d) He likes the sheriff.

3. What do most of the Athletic Club members seem to do in the club library?
(a) Talk.
(b) Read.
(c) Drink.
(d) Sleep.

4. What does Kingsley tell Marlowe, when Marlowe asks if Mrs. Kingsley has a gun?
(a) Yes, she has a target pistol.
(b) No, she does not have a gun.
(c) Yes, she has a small automatic.
(d) He refuses to say.

5. Who does Birdie say came to town looking for someone who might have been Muriel Chess?
(a) A Las Vegas tough guy.
(b) An elderly man from the midwest.
(c) A Los Angeles cop.
(d) A San Francisco private detective.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Marlowe find in Muriel Chess's bedroom that he thinks she wouldn't have left behind?

2. What evidence does Marlowe think makes Bill unlikely to have murdered his wife?

3. What reason does Lavery give that Crystal Kingsley might have wanted to get back at him?

4. What does Marlowe ask Kingsley, before explaining what he's discovered?

5. What is on the walls of Bill Chess's bedroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bill Chess do to himself, after shouting at the sheriff to arrest him?

2. What gives Marlowe a scare while he is searching the Chesses' cabin?

3. How does the woman in Lavery's house leave?

4. How does Mr. Kingsley feel about his secretary?

5. What does Marlowe say to do about the handkerchief.

6. What encounter did Kingsley have, that made him worried about his wife?

7. How would you characterize the way that Miss Fromsett treats Marlowe?

8. How does Bill Chess respond when Marlowe asks if Muriel and Crystal might have gone away together?

9. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

10. What does Marlowe ask about that Lavery seems to react to, as if it makes him think or wonder something he's not saying?

(see the answer keys)

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