The Lady in the Lake Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer 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 does Degarmo say when Marlowe asks if he should keep their previous meeting private?

3. What does the woman at the bungalow in Westmore Street assume Marlowe is there for?

4. What does Miss Fromsett say when Degarmo and Marlowe ask her where Kingsley is?

5. What does Marlowe hear as he approaches his apartment?

Essay 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 a hardboiled detective thriller. Discuss the novel's genre and how it is implemented in the novel.

1) In what ways is Marlowe characteristic of a detective in a "hardboiled" detective novel? How does he differ from other detectives in the genre?

2) How is the plot of The Lady in the Lake characteristic of a "hardboiled" detective novel? How does it differ from other examples of the genre?

3) How is the structure of the Lady in the Lake characteristic of a "hardboiled" detective novel? How does it differ from other examples of the genre?

4) What other characteristics of the genre, such as tone, mood, and setting, does the novel exemplify?

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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