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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

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?

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

Marlowe delves into an underground world of crime and corruption that lives beneath the normal-seeming surface world of the city. Discuss the presence of this underground world in the novel.

1) What different segments of society are present in the novel? How does Marlowe travel between them?

2) What aspects of society in the novel remain hidden? What is it taboo to talk about?

3) What open secrets are there in the novel? An open secret is something illicit and undiscussed, but something that everyone knows about.

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