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 Marlowe reveals that Mrs. Kingsley has been dead for over a month, what does Kingsley do with his hands?

2. What does Marlowe do when Mrs. Kingsley mentions the scarf he's wearing?

3. Is Marlowe charged with a crime?

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

5. What does Mrs. Talley threaten to do if Marlowe won't leave?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Marlowe get out of the apartment at the Granada?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is Mrs. Talley's attitude?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lady in the Lake is set in the summer, in Southern California. Both the heat and the locale impact the novel. Discuss the novel's setting.

1) What places in Southern California does Marlowe visit? How are these locations characteristic of Southern California? What lifestyles do they evoke?

2) Why does the author choose the summer to set the story in? What do the references to the heat accomplish in the novel?

3) How do Marlowe's descriptions of specific locations, like Kingsley's office or Lavery's home, set the tone for the novel and give information to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Lady in the Lake has multiple antagonists who have different goals. Discuss the antagonists in the novel.

1) What antagonists in the novel are obvious and what antagonists are hidden? How do multiple antagonists function in the genre to create mystery and conflict?

2) Discuss Degarmo and Mildred Haviland as antagonists. What different roles do they fill?

3) How do the police function as antagonists?

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