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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the only item missing after Edmund's room is ransacked?
(a) A drawing of his sister.
(b) A photograph of his sister.
(c) A photograph of his aunt and mother.
(d) A drawing of his aunt and mother.

2. 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.

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

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

5. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?
(a) Frightening.
(b) Elderly.
(c) Youthful.
(d) A detective.

6. 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 a message from Edmund's sister.
(d) It is unreadable.

7. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?
(a) They are waiting for their aunt's return.
(b) They are orphans.
(c) A neighbor is looking after them.
(d) Their parents are out for the evening.

8. The prologue introduces the reader to all of the following EXCEPT _____.
(a) Edgar Allan Poe.
(b) A missing mother and aunt.
(c) The novel's's setting.
(d) Edmund and his sister.

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

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

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

12. What does Dupin learn is the cause of Edmund's aunt's death?
(a) Undetermined.
(b) A murder.
(c) A suicide.
(d) An accident.

13. What does Edmund read in Dupin's notebook at the tavern?
(a) A message to Mrs. Whitman.
(b) A story based on Edmund's situation.
(c) A message to Edmund.
(d) Dupin's true identity.

14. What does Dupin want Edmund to find out at the docks?
(a) Whether Sis is hiding on a ship.
(b) Whether there's a ship called The Lady Liberty.
(c) Whether Captain Elias was involved in a murder.
(d) Whether Mrs. Powers will consent to Dupin's courting of Mrs. Whitman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Edmund's sister's real name?

2. After Edmund's room is ransacked, what does Edmund tell Dupin about his stepfather, Mr. Rachett?

3. Where does Edmund go to buy food for himself and Sis?

4. What street does Edmund live on?

5. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, where does Mrs. Whitman tell Edmund to have Dupin meet her?

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