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. Why does Marlowe think Almore won't tell him anything about Lavery?

2. What does the guard at Puma Lake dam have Marlowe do before driving over?

3. What car does Lavery drive?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Lavery look like?

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

7. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

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

9. Where do Marlowe and Birdie go to talk?

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

Marlowe's job puts him into dangerous situations. Discuss danger in the novel.

1) What causes danger in the novel? How is danger inherent in Marlowe's work?

2) How does Marlowe react to dangerous situations? What are his emotional responses? What are his intellectual responses, and what action does he take?

3) How do the antagonists in the novel react when they are in danger?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the novel, there are two ways to deal with problems and difficult situations: physical and mental prowess. Discuss physical and mental prowess in the novel.

1) When and how does Marlowe use physical force, intimidation, or threat? Why does Marlowe use these tactics?

2) When and how does Marlowe use mental deduction, bluffing, or other mental tactics? Why does Marlowe use these tactics?

3) Which is more important in the novel, the mental or the physical? Which has greater value attached to it?

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