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 Marlowe suggest to Miss Fromsett might have killed Lavery, aside from Mrs. Kingsley?

2. What does Marlowe use to open the locked door?

3. When was the party that Kingsley's wife was supposed to go to, but that she never showed up for?

4. How does Marlowe open the window of Bill Chess's cabin?

5. What car does Lavery drive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kingsley react to news of Muriel's death?

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

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

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

6. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

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

8. Where do Marlowe and Birdie go to talk?

9. How does Marlowe handle his long wait in Kingsley's office lobby?

10. What does Marlowe notice about Lavery's phone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marlowe delves into an underground world of crime and corruption that lives beneath the normal-seeming surface world of the city. Discuss the presence of this underground world in the novel.

1) What different segments of society are present in the novel? How does Marlowe travel between them?

2) What aspects of society in the novel remain hidden? What is it taboo to talk about?

3) What open secrets are there in the novel? An open secret is something illicit and undiscussed, but something that everyone knows about.

Essay Topic 2

Degarmo both brings Marlowe into the central mystery of the story and drives the ending of the novel. Discuss Degarmo's character.

1) Why does Degarmo try to protect his wife? Why does he ultimately kill her?

2) In what ways is Degarmo corrupt? What is the motivation behind his corruption?

3) How intelligent is Degarmo? What mistakes does he make? How does Marlowe see through him?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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