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 car does Lavery drive?

2. Where does the black Cadillac coupe come from that drives by Marlowe, as he is knocking at Lavery's door?

3. What condition is the Kingsleys' cabin in?

4. What does Marlowe say he's come to see Lavery about?

5. Who found Florence Almore's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does Marlowe give that Lavery might be lying?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Marlowe initially sit in his car after visiting Lavery?

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

10. What things does Marlowe list that might have happened to Kingsley's wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lady in the Lake involves characters changing and hiding their Identities. Discuss the concept of identity in the novel.

1) How is identity obscured in the novel? Who attempts to obscure their identity, and why?

2) How do the characters know others' identities? How do characters create their identities?

3) How does Marlowe formulate his own identity? How do others perceive him?

Essay Topic 2

Mildred Haviland is a character, though she is not seen during most of the novel. Her story is the primary story Marlowe is uncovering. Discuss Mildred Haviland's character.

1) What is Mildred Haviland's motivation for murder? What makes her a killer?

2) Mildred Haviland is only seen under false identities. Why does she acquire false identities? What are the implications of her acting capabilities?

3) What does the reader know about Mildred Haviland's true character? How does the reader get to know her character? How does Marlowe get to know her character?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is full of clues and implications inherent in events that Marlowe must interpret in order to find the truth. Discuss clues and implications in the novel.

1) How are clues that Marlowe finds deceptive? How do they give hints to the truth? How does Marlowe discern one from the other?

2) What does Marlowe infer from others' behavior? How is he able to make these inferences?

3) What does Marlowe infer from activity that he observes around him? How is observation and inference related? What skills does Marlowe use to make these inferences?

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