The Maltese Falcon Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What has happened to Miss Wonderly's sister?

Miss Wonderly's sister left New York to come to San Francisco with a man called Floyd Thursby. The Wonderlys' parents will return from Europe in three weeks, and Miss Wonderly needs to find her and convince her to return to New York.

2. What plan do Spade and Archer make in the first chapter?

Spade's partner, Miles Archer, arrives and Spade tells him Miss Wonderly's story. Spade and Archer decide Archer will follow Floyd after he meets Miss Wonderly at the hotel.

3. Whay does Miss Wonderly pay the men $200?

Miss Wonderly pays the men $200 extra because it is a potentially dangerous case. Floyd is a hoodlum and therefore likely to be armed and unafraid.

4. How does Spade react to Miss Wonderly's presence?

Spade cannot help but notice how attractive Miss Wonderly is and tries to put the nervous young woman at ease as he listens to her problem.

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