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. When does Marlowe tell Chess that Kingsley's wife is missing?

2. What reason does Lavery give that Crystal Kingsley might have wanted to get back at him?

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

4. Who found Florence Almore's body?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives Marlowe a scare while he is searching the Chesses' cabin?

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

3. At the end of chapter fourteen, what does Marlowe tell Kingsley is his next step?

4. What does Birdie know about Marlowe's identity?

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

6. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

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

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

9. How does Miss Fromsett describe Florence Almore?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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