I hope you enjoyed “They Can Only Hang You Once.” Here are some questions to get you started. NOTE: You don’t have to answer all of them.
1.DashiellHammett writes in a plain, clear style. Why do you think this is appropriate for the type of story he is telling?
2. What are some of the differences you notice between the Arthur Conan Doyle story and theDashiellHammetstory? What do these differences tell you?
3. Do you think the story was written for its entertainment value, or do you think there are any deeper themes to the story?
4. Would you consider “They Can Only Hang You Once a “fair play” mystery? Why or why not?