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. What information from the newspaper did Cairo tear out?

2. How much money does Gutman's envelope have inside?

3. Why did Brigid kill Miles?

4. What does Spade realize he has to do to prove himself innocent?

5. Where does Gutman want Spade to meet him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In 1942 The Maltese Falcon was made into a famous film noir film starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant ten years later? Do you think the ideas are timeless and universal? What is it about the novel that enabled it to be made into one of the finest examples of film noir?

Essay Topic 3

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

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