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

2. How does Marlowe see Almore telephoning?

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

4. Where does the black Cadillac coupe come from that drives by Marlowe, as he is knocking at Lavery's door?

5. Where does the Prescott Hotel bellhop say he's from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where do Marlowe and Birdie go to talk?

9. How does Kingsley act, when Marlowe first meets him?

10. What important information does the bellhop at the Prescott Hotel offer, based on the photo of Crystal Kingsley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a crime novel, The Lady in the Lake is concerned with justice. Discuss justice in the novel.

1) What does Marlowe consider justice to be?

2) How does the law deliver justice, or does it? What is the relationship between the law and justice?

3) Does the novel deliver justice to its characters? In what ways?

Essay Topic 2

The Lady in the Lake is set in the summer, in Southern California. Both the heat and the locale impact the novel. Discuss the novel's setting.

1) What places in Southern California does Marlowe visit? How are these locations characteristic of Southern California? What lifestyles do they evoke?

2) Why does the author choose the summer to set the story in? What do the references to the heat accomplish in the novel?

3) How do Marlowe's descriptions of specific locations, like Kingsley's office or Lavery's home, set the tone for the novel and give information to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Mildred Haviland is a character, though she is not seen during most of the novel. Her story is the primary story Marlowe is uncovering. Discuss Mildred Haviland's character.

1) What is Mildred Haviland's motivation for murder? What makes her a killer?

2) Mildred Haviland is only seen under false identities. Why does she acquire false identities? What are the implications of her acting capabilities?

3) What does the reader know about Mildred Haviland's true character? How does the reader get to know her character? How does Marlowe get to know her character?

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