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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. 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

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

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 3

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?

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