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. What prevents Degarmo from getting away?

2. What does Patton do, when he admits to Degarmo that he knew the woman in the photo Degarmo showed around town and didn't tell him?

3. What does Marlowe think of Degarmo's tactics?

4. According to Marlowe, did Muriel Chess expect to meet Lavery in San Bernardino?

5. Where is Mrs. Kingsley's body, when Marlowe awakes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Marlowe delves into an underground world of crime and corruption that lives beneath the normal-seeming surface world of the city. Discuss the presence of this underground world in the novel.

1) What different segments of society are present in the novel? How does Marlowe travel between them?

2) What aspects of society in the novel remain hidden? What is it taboo to talk about?

3) What open secrets are there in the novel? An open secret is something illicit and undiscussed, but something that everyone knows about.

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