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. How well does Miss Fromsett say she knew Mrs. Almore?

2. How long does Kingsley say he'll give Marlowe?

3. What is Miss Fromsett's alibi for Lavery's murder?

4. What was the detective who Mrs. Almore's parents hired to investigate her death sent to jail for?

5. What does the sheriff imply about Bill's note from Muriel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Bill Chess's wife and Kingsley's wife have in common?

2. What does Marlowe say to do about the handkerchief.

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

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

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

6. Where do Marlowe and Birdie go to talk?

7. How does Miss Fromsett describe Florence Almore?

8. What does Lavery look like?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The mystery in the novel is created through deception. Discuss deception in the novel.

1) How are appearances deceptive in the novel? How does Marlowe deal with and untangle deceptive appearances?

2) How do characters in the novel deceive each other? What are the motives for deceit?

3) In what ways is Marlowe deceptive? Why? Is deception merely an ethically neutral tool, or is it a bad thing?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Lady in the Lake is structured in 41 short chapters. Discuss the novel's structure.

1) Why does the author choose many short chapters instead of longer ones? Why are some conversations spread over more than one chapter?

2) What is the climax of the novel? How does the novel build to the climax, and how does it resolve?

3) What stages does Marlowe go through in his journey to unravel the truth?

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