The Maltese Falcon Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book 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 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

Essay Topic 1

The Maltese is a famous book which has greatly influenced popular culture. Choose a film or book written after The Maltese Falcon that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss there similarities in terms of:

a) Plot

b) Character

c) Themes

Essay Topic 2

The Maltese Falcon is written in the first person. Why do you think Hammett chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would of changed if it was written in the third person?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the novel's characterization. How well drawn do you think Hammett's characters are? Select one of the minor characters such as Dundy and discuss how much you know about his background. In what ways does Hammett provide the reader with information about that character?

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