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 Eddie tell his partner he hasn't called, because he thought homicide would do it?

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

3. What motives does Marlowe ascribe to Muriel Chess for killing Crystal Kingsley?

4. How do Marlowe and Degarmo leave the murder scene?

5. Whose car is in Kingsley's garage when Degarmo and Marlowe go to Kingsley's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Marlowe give Mrs. Kingsley that she'll miss him?

2. How does Grayson describe Mr. Talley?

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

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

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

6. What does Dobbs say he's going to charge Marlowe with?

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

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

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

10. After leaving the crime scene, what does Degarmo try to convince the other police officer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is full of clues and implications inherent in events that Marlowe must interpret in order to find the truth. Discuss clues and implications in the novel.

1) How are clues that Marlowe finds deceptive? How do they give hints to the truth? How does Marlowe discern one from the other?

2) What does Marlowe infer from others' behavior? How is he able to make these inferences?

3) What does Marlowe infer from activity that he observes around him? How is observation and inference related? What skills does Marlowe use to make these inferences?

Essay Topic 2

The mystery in the novel is created through deception. Discuss deception in the novel.

1) How are appearances deceptive in the novel? How does Marlowe deal with and untangle deceptive appearances?

2) How do characters in the novel deceive each other? What are the motives for deceit?

3) In what ways is Marlowe deceptive? Why? Is deception merely an ethically neutral tool, or is it a bad thing?

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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