The Maltese Falcon Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Brigid kill Miles?

2. What does spade say he wants?

3. What alerted Gutman to Brigid and Thursby's location?

4. Where does leave for at the end of this chapter?

5. How is Rhea related to Gutman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main themes in the novel are greed, loyalty and crime. Take one of these themes and discuss how Hammett expresses them in the book? Why do you think these themes were important concerns in 1920s America?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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