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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is the perfume Marlowe smelled in Lavery's bedroom the same kind Miss Fromsett wears?



2. Where did the sheriff find Muriel's anklet?



3. Degarmo asks Marlowe if someone hired him. Who?



4. When does Lavery say he was up at Little Fawn Lake?



5. What color is the lobby of the building Phillip Marlowe goes to at the beginning of the first chapter?



Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Marlowe call to verify where Kingsley has gone, once he guesses where it is?



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



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



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



5. Where do Marlowe and Birdie go to talk?



6. Who is in the Peacock Lounge when Marlowe comes in?



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



8. What does Marlowe say about Muriel's explanation of why she went back to Lavery's the morning after the murder?



9. What is the big coincidence that Marlowe identifies in the case?



10. What does Webber do, when Marlowe tells him about being threatened by Degarmo?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

Phillip Marlowe is the central character of the novel, and the whole plot is seen through his eyes. Discuss Marlowe's character.

1) How does Marlowe deal with his job, including managing clients, dealing with the police, and handling danger?

2) What is Marlowe's moral and ethical code? How does that code drive his actions?

3) What qualities does Marlowe have that make him a good detective? What does his job demand from him?

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