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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Spade tell the young man to get in contact with him?



2. What is the name of the Russian?



3. What does Spade do when Cairo is close enough?



4. What is Miss Wonderly's real surname?



5. Who is going to follow Floyd?



Short Essay Questions

1. What problems has Gutman had trying to get the falcon?



2. What is Spade's ulterior motive in helping out Brigid?



3. In what way do Spade's qualities come out in this chapter?



4. What does Spade say Brigid, Cairo and Gutman do aboard the La Paloma?



5. How does SPade calm Brigid down in the tenth chapter?



6. How does Spade rid Cairo of his weapon?



7. How was the falcon made?



8. Why does Gutman want to keep Spade on his good side in the seventeenth chapter?



9. What does the final chapter say about Spade's character?



10. What was Brigid's relationship with Thursby?



Essay Topics

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Hammett use character and dialogue to drive the narrative.

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main character Spade Spade examine the way Hammett uses the other characters in the story. Does she use him or her for dramatic effect or comic aside? When does she introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1920s. How does Hammett express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novels meaning would change if it was set in today's society?

Hammett was a communist. Using two examples from the novel discuss the ways the story reflects Hammett's political ideas?

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