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. Who does the police lieutenant who comes to see Marlowe say will want to talk to Marlowe before the inquest?

2. When Marlowe gets home, what does he dream about?

3. Who does Birdie Keppel introduce herself as?

4. How many bullet holes are there in Lavery's chest?

5. Where did the sheriff find Muriel's anklet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where and in what condition do Marlowe and Patton find the car that Degarmo escaped in?

2. What is the reaction of the younger policeman, Eddie, when he sees the gun on the table?

3. What does Marlowe say about Muriel's explanation of why she went back to Lavery's the morning after the murder?

4. How does Degarmo react when Marlowe tells him about Mrs. Fallbrook?

5. As Degarmo seemingly gets away, what sentiment does Marlowe utter twice?

6. How does Marlowe know the name of the person who lives across the street from Lavery?

7. How does the desk sergeant annoy Degarmo?

8. Why is Marlowe surprised that Mrs. Kingsley would need money from her husband?

9. What items of interest does Marlowe find in Lavery's closet?

10. How does Marlowe get out of the apartment at the Granada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lady in the Lake is written in the first person narrative point of view, from the perspective of Marlowe. Discuss the novel's point of view.

1) Why does the author choose the first person narrative point of view? Why is the story told from Marlowe's perspective?

2) What does Marlowe reveal to the reader, as narrator, and when? What does Marlowe keep hidden from the reader, though he may know it himself?

3) How does the first person narration affect the tone of the novel? How is it appropriate to the genre?

Essay Topic 2

Marlowe's job puts him into dangerous situations. Discuss danger in the novel.

1) What causes danger in the novel? How is danger inherent in Marlowe's work?

2) How does Marlowe react to dangerous situations? What are his emotional responses? What are his intellectual responses, and what action does he take?

3) How do the antagonists in the novel react when they are in danger?

Essay Topic 3

Through Marlowe's association with crime, he naturally is associated with police and law enforcers. Discuss the police and law enforcers in the novel.

1) What different sides are there to police and law enforcement in the novel, both positive and negative?

2) How does Marlowe relate to the police in the novel? What is his relationship with law enforcement like?

3) Discuss specific officers of the law in the novel, including Patton, Degarmo, Webber, and uniformed police Marlowe deals with. How do they perceive their jobs? How do they deal with the multifaceted nature of law enforcement?

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