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 is Kingsley afraid his wife might get in trouble for?

2. What condition is the Kingsleys' cabin in?

3. What car does Lavery drive?

4. What does Marlowe hear as he approaches the nearest cabin at the lake?

5. How many cars is the garage at Almore's house built to hold?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marlowe know the name of the person who lives across the street from Lavery?

2. What does Marlowe say that they'll have to do to get financial information about Kingsley's wife?

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

4. How does the woman in Lavery's house leave?

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

6. What excuse does Bill Chess give for his erratic behavior?

7. What items of interest does Marlowe find in Lavery's closet?

8. How does Miss Fromsett describe Florence Almore?

9. What encounter did Kingsley have, that made him worried about his wife?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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