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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.
(a) Amateur detectives.
(b) Professional detectives.
(c) Women.
(d) Children.

2. In the prologue, where is the children's mother?
(a) Missing.
(b) Begging for food.
(c) Looking for her sister.
(d) Shopping.

3. To whom does Edmund give the second letter that Dupin asks him to deliver?
(a) Throck.
(b) A maid.
(c) Mrs. Whitman.
(d) Fortnoy.

4. What does the piece of paper that is slipped under the door of Edmund's room tell Dupin?
(a) To meet Mrs. Whitman.
(b) An important clue.
(c) To meet William Arnold at the Hotel American House.
(d) Not to get involved.

5. After Edmund returns home at the beginning of the story, what is his most pressing goal?
(a) Find his mother.
(b) Find his aunt.
(c) Find his sister.
(d) Find more food.

6. After Edmund's room is ransacked, what does Edmund tell Dupin about his stepfather, Mr. Rachett?
(a) He is a danger to Edmund and his sister.
(b) He is missing.
(c) He stole his mother's money and abandoned her.
(d) He was lost at sea.

7. When he is at Mrs. Whitman's house to deliver Dupin's letter, what does Edmund hear Mrs. Powers say she thinks Mrs. Whitman should do?
(a) Remain unmarried.
(b) Marry Mr. Poe.
(c) Marry Mr. Arnold.
(d) Get a divorce.

8. What is on the scrap of paper Edmund finds in Mrs. Whitman's house?
(a) It is a message to Mrs. Whitman.
(b) It is a message to Dupin.
(c) It is unreadable.
(d) It is a message from Edmund's sister.

9. In what year does the story take place?
(a) 1848.
(b) 1884.
(c) 1948.
(d) 1748.

10. Where does Peterson live?
(a) The American Inn.
(b) The American Motel.
(c) The American Apartments.
(d) The Hotel American House.

11. Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books was the first to use a combination of ____.
(a) Forensic evidence and laboratory results.
(b) Wits, evidence, and the powers of reason.
(c) Passion and reason.
(d) Humor and seriousness.

12. The prologue is engaging because it sets up a crime in which _____.
(a) Nothing is stolen.
(b) The suspect could not possibly have entered the room.
(c) The victim's real name is unclear.
(d) Edmund may be guilty.

13. Which fictional detective did Poe's writings influence?
(a) Hercules Parrot.
(b) Hercule Poirot.
(c) Hercules Poirot.
(d) Hercule Parrot.

14. What is Edmund's sister's real name?
(a) Margaret.
(b) Catherine.
(c) Sissy.
(d) Not revealed.

15. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?
(a) A piece of string.
(b) Money.
(c) Edmund's sister.
(d) A corpse.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Dupin leaves the bank, what work by Poe does Peterson tell Dupin that he likes?

2. What does Dupin want Edmund to find out at the docks?

3. When Dupin first meets Throck, what does he observes about him?

4. How does Dupin determine that Edmund's sister must have gotten out of the room she shares with Edmund?

5. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?

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