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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two things does this novel incorporate?
(a) Magic and realism.
(b) Poe's literary methodology and Poe as a fictional character.
(c) Police work and amateur sleuthing.
(d) Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot as characters.

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

3. When Dupin goes to the courthouse, what do Thock and Fortnoy testify about?
(a) Abducting Edmund's sister.
(b) Finding Aunt Pru's body.
(c) Witnessing the bank robbery.
(d) Killing Edmund's mother.

4. Who is Auguste Dupin?
(a) A writer.
(b) A carpet salesman.
(c) A delivery man.
(d) A postal worker.

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

6. Who is Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books?
(a) Auguste Dupine.
(b) August Dupin.
(c) Auguste Dupin.
(d) August Dupine.

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) Marry Mr. Poe.
(b) Get a divorce.
(c) Remain unmarried.
(d) Marry Mr. Arnold.

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

9. When Edmund first mentions Rachett's name, where does Dupin remember hearing the name?
(a) The clothing store.
(b) The tavern.
(c) The docks.
(d) The inquest.

10. At the bank, who is the author of the urgent message Mr. Poley hands Peterson?
(a) Mr. Rachett.
(b) Throck.
(c) Fortnoy.
(d) Mr. Arnold.

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

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

13. What does Dupin asks Edmund to do when they first meet?
(a) Help him get a job.
(b) Help him write a story.
(c) Deliver a letter.
(d) Solve a mystery.

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

15. In Dupin and Throck's first meeting, what does Throck tell Dupin he has been hired to do?
(a) Find a relative of Edmund's.
(b) Murder Edmund's sister.
(c) Solve the bank robbery.
(d) Murder Edmund.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Edward goes to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, according to the posted sign, who is offering a reward for the location of Mrs. G. Rachett?

2. The prologue is engaging because it sets up a crime in which _____.

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

4. What is the title of one of Edgar Allan Poe's famous mystery books?

5. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.

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