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 car does Lavery drive?

3. What is Lavery's first reaction when Marlowe says he's working for Kingsley?

4. What color are the drapes and carpet in Kingsley's private office?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reason does Marlowe give to Degarmo for telling Degarmo all Marlowe suspects, on the ride up to Kingsley's cabin?

3. What important information does Marlowe gain from Captain Webber?

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

5. What does Dobbs say he's going to charge Marlowe with?

6. What reason does Marlowe give Mrs. Kingsley that she'll miss him?

7. According to Marlowe, why did Muriel Chess have an affair with Lavery?

8. What conditions does Marlowe discover in the apartment he enters after leaving the murdered woman's apartment?

9. How does Grayson describe Dr. Almore's practice?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Lady in the Lake has multiple antagonists who have different goals. Discuss the antagonists in the novel.

1) What antagonists in the novel are obvious and what antagonists are hidden? How do multiple antagonists function in the genre to create mystery and conflict?

2) Discuss Degarmo and Mildred Haviland as antagonists. What different roles do they fill?

3) How do the police function as antagonists?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Phillip Marlowe encounters corruption, both moral and ethical. Discuss corruption in the novel.

1) How are the police in the novel corrupt, and how does Marlowe perceive that corruption?

2) What kinds of moral corruption does Marlowe face among the people he comes into contact with? How is that moral corruption related to the corruption of the police?

3) How does Marlowe deal with temptations to corruption, such as Kingsley offering him money to cover up a murder?

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