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 is on the porch at the bungalow in Westmore Street where Marlowe goes looking for Talley?

2. What time is it when Marlowe looks at his watch in the jail cell?

3. What nationality is the boy who comes into the Peacock Lounge to sell papers?

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

5. Where is Derace Kingsley when Degarmo and Marlowe get to the cabin?

Short Essay Questions

1. After leaving the crime scene, what does Degarmo try to convince the other police officer?

2. After Patton shoots at Degarmo, what does Degarmo do?

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

4. Who does Marlowe call to verify where Kingsley has gone, once he guesses where it is?

5. How does Degarmo react when Marlowe tells him about Mrs. Fallbrook?

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

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

8. What reason does Marlowe give Mrs. Kingsley that she'll miss him?

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

10. What does Marlowe say about Muriel's explanation of why she went back to Lavery's the morning after the murder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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