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 Marlowe see of Patton drawing his weapon?

2. What does Patton say about his stomach?

3. Who is in Marlowe's office building when he returns there?

4. What kind of flowers are on Miss Fromsett's earrings, when she comes to Marlowe's apartment?

5. How does Degarmo leave the area of Kingsley's cabin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Mrs. Talley's attitude?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Lady in the Lake involves characters changing and hiding their Identities. Discuss the concept of identity in the novel.

1) How is identity obscured in the novel? Who attempts to obscure their identity, and why?

2) How do the characters know others' identities? How do characters create their identities?

3) How does Marlowe formulate his own identity? How do others perceive him?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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