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 does Marlowe believe Muriel Chess, a.k.a. Mildred Haviland, wrote to for money?

2. What is Marlowe's cellmate doing?

3. In Captain Webber's office, where does Degarmo sit?

4. What choice does Marlowe give the woman he meets at the Peacock Lounge?

5. What does Marlowe believe Almore saw?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the desk sergeant annoy Degarmo?

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

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

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

8. What does Marlowe notice happening on the street as he tries to talk to Mrs. Talley?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The Lady in the Lake is set in the summer, in Southern California. Both the heat and the locale impact the novel. Discuss the novel's setting.

1) What places in Southern California does Marlowe visit? How are these locations characteristic of Southern California? What lifestyles do they evoke?

2) Why does the author choose the summer to set the story in? What do the references to the heat accomplish in the novel?

3) How do Marlowe's descriptions of specific locations, like Kingsley's office or Lavery's home, set the tone for the novel and give information to the reader?

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