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 Bill Chess throw in the water to recover the body?

2. What jarring action does Lavery take before Marlowe leaves?

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

4. What do most of the Athletic Club members seem to do in the club library?

5. What does Marlowe use to open the locked door?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

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

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

6. Where is Lavery going, when he leaves the house?

7. What does Marlowe discover when he examines the item he takes from the woman in Lavery's house?

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

9. What reason does Sheriff Patton give why Bill might have stayed in town if he killed his wife?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the treatment of women and the idea of the femme fatale in the novel.

1) What are the women in the novel like? Are there positive and negative women characters, and what are their qualities? How do they compare to real women?

2) Who in the novel is a femme fatale? How is any femme fatale in the novel similar to and different from the archetype of the femme fatale?

3) How do women treat men in the novel? How do men treat women?

Essay Topic 2

Marlowe learns the truth through investigation and interviewing. Discuss investigation and interviewing in the novel.

1) What techniques does Marlowe use to investigate? How does he approach interviewing people?

2) How do Marlowe's interviewing techniques vary in different situations, with different people?

3) What information is Marlowe able to acquire by talking to people? What makes his interviews effective or ineffective?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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