The Lady in the Lake Test | Final 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 Mrs. Kingsley do when Marlowe tells her Bill says she made a pass at him?

2. What misleading statement does Marlowe give Degarmo?

3. Where do Andy and Degarmo confront each other?

4. Who breaks the news to Kingsley that his wife is dead?

5. What does Degarmo do as he draws his weapon on Patton?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Degarmo seemingly gets away, what sentiment does Marlowe utter twice?

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

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

4. How does Grayson describe Dr. Almore's practice?

5. What is Mrs. Talley's attitude?

6. What does Dobbs say he's going to charge Marlowe with?

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

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

9. How does the desk sergeant annoy Degarmo?

10. What reason does Marlowe give to Degarmo for telling Degarmo all Marlowe suspects, on the ride up to Kingsley's cabin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lady in the Lake is structured in 41 short chapters. Discuss the novel's structure.

1) Why does the author choose many short chapters instead of longer ones? Why are some conversations spread over more than one chapter?

2) What is the climax of the novel? How does the novel build to the climax, and how does it resolve?

3) What stages does Marlowe go through in his journey to unravel the truth?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Phillip Marlowe encounters corruption, both moral and ethical. Discuss corruption in the novel.

1) How are the police in the novel corrupt, and how does Marlowe perceive that corruption?

2) What kinds of moral corruption does Marlowe face among the people he comes into contact with? How is that moral corruption related to the corruption of the police?

3) How does Marlowe deal with temptations to corruption, such as Kingsley offering him money to cover up a murder?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is full of clues and implications inherent in events that Marlowe must interpret in order to find the truth. Discuss clues and implications in the novel.

1) How are clues that Marlowe finds deceptive? How do they give hints to the truth? How does Marlowe discern one from the other?

2) What does Marlowe infer from others' behavior? How is he able to make these inferences?

3) What does Marlowe infer from activity that he observes around him? How is observation and inference related? What skills does Marlowe use to make these inferences?

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