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. When Degarmo notices Marlowe is limping, what does he ask?

2. What is in the window of the gift shop next to the Peacock Lounge?

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

4. What did Talley steal from Florence Almore's body?

5. What is Mrs. Grayson doing, when Marlowe comes to visit the Graysons?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the reaction of the younger policeman, Eddie, when he sees the gun on the table?

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

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

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

9. What is Mrs. Talley's attitude?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Degarmo both brings Marlowe into the central mystery of the story and drives the ending of the novel. Discuss Degarmo's character.

1) Why does Degarmo try to protect his wife? Why does he ultimately kill her?

2) In what ways is Degarmo corrupt? What is the motivation behind his corruption?

3) How intelligent is Degarmo? What mistakes does he make? How does Marlowe see through him?

Essay Topic 2

Marlowe's job puts him into dangerous situations. Discuss danger in the novel.

1) What causes danger in the novel? How is danger inherent in Marlowe's work?

2) How does Marlowe react to dangerous situations? What are his emotional responses? What are his intellectual responses, and what action does he take?

3) How do the antagonists in the novel react when they are in danger?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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