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. Where does Marlowe say Patton could look for evidence that Degarmo is the killer?

2. What is Dobbs doing in two weeks?

3. Where does Degarmo write down the information Marlowe gives about his client?

4. What time do Degarmo and Marlowe arrive at Miss Fromsett's apartment building, according to the clerk's wristwatch?

5. What does Degarmo do as he draws his weapon on Patton?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Webber do, when Marlowe tells him about being threatened by Degarmo?

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

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

5. What is Mrs. Talley's attitude?

6. What is the big coincidence that Marlowe identifies in the case?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The story behind The Lady in the Lake is one of relationships: husbands and wives, lovers, and jealous rivals. Discuss relationships in the novel.

1) What do men and women want from relationships in the novel?

2) Discuss Lavery's relationships. Who is Lavery? What do women want from him? What does Lavery expect out of relationships?

3) Do romantic relationships lead to happiness in the novel? Why or why not?

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