The Maltese Falcon: Summary, Characters & Analysis


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Which character is an example of a femme fatale?

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1. What makes this novel different from the typical detective Grail story?

2. Which of the following aspects of twentieth-century American life does 'The Maltese Falcon' comment upon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Maltese Falcon tells the tale of private detective Sam Spade. Put your knowledge of this novel to the test with the help of this combination quiz and worksheet. The quiz asks you to identify the character who is an example of a femme fatale and the characteristic that helps Sam Spade succeed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessments will check your knowledge on the following:

  • Difference between this novel and the typical detective Grail story
  • Aspect of 20th century American life on which the novel comments
  • The defining characteristic of hard-boiled fiction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet help you use these skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a defining characteristic of hard-boiled fiction and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between this novel and a typical detective Grail story
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the aspect of American life on which The Maltese Falcon is a commentary
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characters in the novel

Additional Learning

If you would like to know more about this novel, read the lesson titled The Maltese Falcon: Summary, Characters & Analysis. The following are some of the objectives covered by the lesson:

  • Identify key characters and their roles in the story
  • Analyze the themes of the novel
  • Review the plot
  • Define femme fatale