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. Who is the envelope Marlowe finds in his office from?

2. Why does Cooney want to beat up Marlowe, after Dobbs tells him to stop?

3. What is Dobbs doing in two weeks?

4. What reason does Degarmo give for wanting to solve the murder case?

5. What does Marlowe do when Mrs. Kingsley mentions the scarf he's wearing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Marlowe surprised that Mrs. Kingsley would need money from her husband?

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

4. How does Degarmo act toward the sentries at the dam on the way to the cabin?

5. What important information does Marlowe gain from Captain Webber?

6. What is the reaction of the younger policeman, Eddie, when he sees the gun on the table?

7. How does Marlowe get out of the apartment at the Granada?

8. According to Marlowe, why did Muriel Chess have an affair with Lavery?

9. What does Degarmo do when Patton makes it clear that he can't let Degarmo go?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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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