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 Marlowe returns to the lake with the police, what has Bill Chess done?

2. What is the first thing Marlowe sees of the woman at Lavery's house?

3. How does Marlowe describe Adrienne Fromsett?

4. What car does Lavery drive?

5. What are the initials on the handkerchief Marlowe finds in Lavery's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

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

3. How does Bill Chess respond when Marlowe asks if Muriel and Crystal might have gone away together?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Miss Fromsett describe Florence Almore?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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