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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. How does H.G. Talbot's shirt fit Marlowe?
2. What does Marlowe think of Degarmo's tactics?
3. What does Webber take off his desk and break, more than once during his interview with Marlowe?
4. Where do Andy and Degarmo confront each other?
5. Where is Mrs. Kingsley's body, when Marlowe awakes?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Marlowe surprised that Mrs. Kingsley would need money from her husband?
2. What is the reaction of the younger policeman, Eddie, when he sees the gun on the table?
3. Who is in the Peacock Lounge when Marlowe comes in?
4. Who does Marlowe call to verify where Kingsley has gone, once he guesses where it is?
5. According to Marlowe, why did Muriel Chess have an affair with Lavery?
6. How does Degarmo react when Marlowe tells him about Mrs. Fallbrook?
7. What does Dobbs say he's going to charge Marlowe with?
8. Where and in what condition do Marlowe and Patton find the car that Degarmo escaped in?
9. How does Marlowe get out of the apartment at the Granada?
10. What important information does Marlowe gain from Captain Webber?
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
As a crime novel, The Lady in the Lake is concerned with justice. Discuss justice in the novel.
1) What does Marlowe consider justice to be?
2) How does the law deliver justice, or does it? What is the relationship between the law and justice?
3) Does the novel deliver justice to its characters? In what ways?
Essay Topic 3
In the novel, there are two ways to deal with problems and difficult situations: physical and mental prowess. Discuss physical and mental prowess in the novel.
1) When and how does Marlowe use physical force, intimidation, or threat? Why does Marlowe use these tactics?
2) When and how does Marlowe use mental deduction, bluffing, or other mental tactics? Why does Marlowe use these tactics?
3) Which is more important in the novel, the mental or the physical? Which has greater value attached to it?
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