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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Edmund call his sister?
(a) Peg.
(b) Sis.
(c) Meg.
(d) Sissy.

2. Where does the story take place?
(a) Chicago, Illinois.
(b) London, England.
(c) Providence, Rhode Island.
(d) New York, New York.

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

4. When Dupin identifies Rachett as Edmund's step-father, what does Edmund tell him about the reason his mother came to America?
(a) To get married.
(b) To get a better job.
(c) To get a divorce.
(d) To find her sister.

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

6. Why didn't Edmund want to leave his sister alone?
(a) She is too young.
(b) She is ill.
(c) The neighborhood is unsafe.
(d) Someone threatens to kidnap her.

7. What is the food Edmund buys for himself and his sister wrapped in?
(a) Foil.
(b) Cellophane.
(c) Waxed paper.
(d) Newspaper.

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

9. Who first used the locked-room concept?
(a) William Shakespeare.
(b) Harry Houdini.
(c) Sherlock Holmes.
(d) Edgar Allan Poe.

10. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?
(a) She'll let him have most of the food he buys.
(b) If their aunt returns, Sis will take responsibility for his leaving.
(c) She won't go out while he's gone.
(d) She'll call a neighbor if she needs help.

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

12. When they investigate the room that faces Edmund's room, what do Edmund and Dupin find?
(a) A written message from Edmund's sister.
(b) A trail of blood.
(c) A large sum of money.
(d) A button from Edmund's sister's shoe.

13. At the beginning of the story, how long have the children been alone?
(a) Two hours.
(b) Two weeks.
(c) Two days.
(d) Ten days.

14. At the clothier's shop, what does the large man do when he sees Edmund?
(a) Rushes out of the store.
(b) Warns him to stay away from Dupin.
(c) Offers to buy him a coat.
(d) Ignores him.

15. Who is Sherlock Holmes?
(a) A real-life detective from the nineteenth century.
(b) A real-life criminal from the nineteenth century.
(c) A fictional criminal influenced by Poe's character.
(d) A fictional detective influenced by Poe's character.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does the story take place?

2. Who is Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books?

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

4. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?

5. As he prepares to meet Mrs. Whitman, who does Dupin tell Edmund he believes Edmund's aunt's murderer is?

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