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 the first thing Marlowe sees of the woman at Lavery's house?

2. Who does Birdie Keppel introduce herself as?

3. What does Kingsley tell Marlowe, when Marlowe asks if Mrs. Kingsley has a gun?

4. What color are the drapes and carpet in Kingsley's private office?

5. What does Marlowe find out about De Soto when he calls the police department?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grayson describe Mr. Talley?

2. Why is Marlowe surprised that Mrs. Kingsley would need money from her husband?

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

4. What does the parking attendant at the Grenada assume Marlowe is there for?

5. What conditions does Marlowe discover in the apartment he enters after leaving the murdered woman's apartment?

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

7. How does Marlowe get out of the apartment at the Granada?

8. What does Lavery look like?

9. How does Degarmo react to Marlowe mentioning the idea that Almore murdered his wife and then used his influence to get it hushed up?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lady in the Lake is written in the first person narrative point of view, from the perspective of Marlowe. Discuss the novel's point of view.

1) Why does the author choose the first person narrative point of view? Why is the story told from Marlowe's perspective?

2) What does Marlowe reveal to the reader, as narrator, and when? What does Marlowe keep hidden from the reader, though he may know it himself?

3) How does the first person narration affect the tone of the novel? How is it appropriate to the genre?

Essay Topic 2

Degarmo both brings Marlowe into the central mystery of the story and drives the ending of the novel. Discuss Degarmo's character.

1) Why does Degarmo try to protect his wife? Why does he ultimately kill her?

2) In what ways is Degarmo corrupt? What is the motivation behind his corruption?

3) How intelligent is Degarmo? What mistakes does he make? How does Marlowe see through him?

Essay Topic 3

Through Marlowe's association with crime, he naturally is associated with police and law enforcers. Discuss the police and law enforcers in the novel.

1) What different sides are there to police and law enforcement in the novel, both positive and negative?

2) How does Marlowe relate to the police in the novel? What is his relationship with law enforcement like?

3) Discuss specific officers of the law in the novel, including Patton, Degarmo, Webber, and uniformed police Marlowe deals with. How do they perceive their jobs? How do they deal with the multifaceted nature of law enforcement?

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