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

2. What does Marlowe ask the Prescott Hotel bellhop to bring?

3. What room does Marlowe find locked?

4. What does Marlowe tell Kingsley that he'll have to do?

5. Is the perfume Marlowe smelled in Lavery's bedroom the same kind Miss Fromsett wears?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 Mr. Kingsley feel about his secretary?

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

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

7. How does the desk sergeant annoy Degarmo?

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

9. What important information does the bellhop at the Prescott Hotel offer, based on the photo of Crystal Kingsley?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the novel, there are two ways to deal with problems and difficult situations: physical and mental prowess. Discuss physical and mental prowess in the novel.

1) When and how does Marlowe use physical force, intimidation, or threat? Why does Marlowe use these tactics?

2) When and how does Marlowe use mental deduction, bluffing, or other mental tactics? Why does Marlowe use these tactics?

3) Which is more important in the novel, the mental or the physical? Which has greater value attached to it?

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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