The Lady in the Lake Test | Mid-Book 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. What stops Marlowe from leaving, when he reaches down to turn on his ignition?

2. What name does Marlowe give the woman he meets in Lavery's house?

3. Where was Crystal Kingsley's car discovered?

4. What condition is the Kingsleys' cabin in?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What excuse does Bill Chess give for his erratic behavior?

2. What do Bill Chess's wife and Kingsley's wife have in common?

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

4. What does Marlowe discover when he examines the item he takes from the woman in Lavery's house?

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

6. How does Kingsley act, when Marlowe first meets him?

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

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

9. Under what terms does Marlowe accept the offer of five hundred dollars from Kingsley?

10. What reason does Sheriff Patton give why Bill might have stayed in town if he killed his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lady in the Lake is a hardboiled detective thriller. Discuss the novel's genre and how it is implemented in the novel.

1) In what ways is Marlowe characteristic of a detective in a "hardboiled" detective novel? How does he differ from other detectives in the genre?

2) How is the plot of The Lady in the Lake characteristic of a "hardboiled" detective novel? How does it differ from other examples of the genre?

3) How is the structure of the Lady in the Lake characteristic of a "hardboiled" detective novel? How does it differ from other examples of the genre?

4) What other characteristics of the genre, such as tone, mood, and setting, does the novel exemplify?

Essay Topic 2

Marlowe learns the truth through investigation and interviewing. Discuss investigation and interviewing in the novel.

1) What techniques does Marlowe use to investigate? How does he approach interviewing people?

2) How do Marlowe's interviewing techniques vary in different situations, with different people?

3) What information is Marlowe able to acquire by talking to people? What makes his interviews effective or ineffective?

Essay Topic 3

As a crime novel, The Lady in the Lake is concerned with justice. Discuss justice in the novel.

1) What does Marlowe consider justice to be?

2) How does the law deliver justice, or does it? What is the relationship between the law and justice?

3) Does the novel deliver justice to its characters? In what ways?

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