The Maltese Falcon Test | 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. What is Miss Wonderly's first name?

2. Why did Brigid agree to come to San Francisco with Thursby?

3. Whose offer does Brigid want Spade to forgo?

4. What does Spade lie about in this chapter?

5. What does Spade tell the police the whole situation is?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Brigid show her desperation for Spade services in the sixth chapter?

2. How are Spade suspicions about Cairo's sexual orientation confirmed by Brigid?

3. What does Brigid tell Spade about her part in the falcon in the ninth chapter?

4. What does Gutman's treatment of Rhea say about his character?

5. Why is Brigid so distressed in the fourth chapter?

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

7. How does Hammett use visual images in the novel?

8. What do Spade and Tom Polhaus discuss in the second chapter?

9. Why does Spade think it is a good idea to use a fall guy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Hammett lived in San Francisco and worked in a detective agency, adhering to the rule, writers should always write about what they know. Do you think it is obvious that Hammett knows his subject? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think Hammett does not portray a character or setting so well? What affect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Hammett use character and setting to express these themes?

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