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 does Marlowe tell Birdie?

2. When Marlowe gets home, what does he dream about?

3. Who does Birdie Keppel introduce herself as?

4. What are the initials on the handkerchief Marlowe finds in Lavery's room?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Kingsley feel about his secretary?

2. How does Marlowe know the name of the person who lives across the street from Lavery?

3. What does Marlowe say to do about the handkerchief.

4. What do Bill Chess's wife and Kingsley's wife have in common?

5. How does the woman in Lavery's house leave?

6. How does Marlowe treat the bellhop captain?

7. How does Bill Chess respond when Marlowe asks if Muriel and Crystal might have gone away together?

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

9. Where is Lavery going, when he leaves the house?

10. How would you characterize the way that Miss Fromsett treats Marlowe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marlowe's job puts him into dangerous situations. Discuss danger in the novel.

1) What causes danger in the novel? How is danger inherent in Marlowe's work?

2) How does Marlowe react to dangerous situations? What are his emotional responses? What are his intellectual responses, and what action does he take?

3) How do the antagonists in the novel react when they are in danger?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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