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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep


by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep: Symbols Quiz Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Big Sleep? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Where does the Sternwoods’ money come from?

General Sternwood’s childhood acting career
Q. What does Marlowe think about the knight in the stained-glass panel?

That he’s doing a really good job freeing the tied-up lady
That he spends too much time on personal hygiene
That he would make a good detective
That he isn’t trying very hard to untie the lady
Q. What does Chandler’s description of the orchids in the Sternwood’s greenhouse symbolize?

How much Marlowe hates flowers
The seedy underbelly of LA
Marlowe’s love of LA
The similarity between Marlowe and an orchid
Q. What usually happens when it is about to rain?

Something bad
Marlowe drinks
Vivian shows up
The weather remembers that it is LA, so it doesn’t rain
Q. What piece is Marlowe talking about when he says, “________ had no meaning in this game. It wasn’t a game for _________”?