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. How does Dundy react to Spade's joke?

2. Where is the Ambassador Hotel?

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

4. Whose apartment does Spade arrive at at the beginning of this chapter?

5. Which two characters are left alone in the apartment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the sixth chapter called the undersized shadow?

4. Describe Cairo's appearance in the hotel lobby in the tenth chapter.

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

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

7. In what way does Cairo turn the tables on Spade in the fifth chapter?

8. How does Hammett use characters names to symbolize their function?

9. What does Sid Wise reveal about Iva in the twelfth chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Hammett's life. In what way do you think his life and personality is reflected in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the values of 1920s.

1) Why was greed and loyalty such an issue during this time?

2) In what ways are the characters negative characteristics are product of their time? Do you think America was going through a transitional phase in the the 1920s? What significant changes do you think occurred during this period?

3)Does modern society share any values with 1920s America?

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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