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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much money does Edmund have at the beginning of the story?
(a) A dollar.
(b) A penny.
(c) A nickel.
(d) A dime.

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

3. In what month does the story begin?
(a) March.
(b) September.
(c) November.
(d) January.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of the story, how long have the children been alone?

2. On his way to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, who follow Edward?

3. Who first used the locked-room concept?

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

5. Where does Peterson live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it reveal about Dupin's character when he tells Edmund in Chapter Two, "There is a difference between what happens and what we would like to have happen"?

2. What did Edgar Allan Poe do in his mystery stories that no one had done before, and how does this impact future mystery writers?

3. Do you think there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?

4. What is the significance of the fact that both Edmund and Dupin have an important person in their lives whom they call Sis?

5. Why do you think Poe chooses to go by the name of his fictional detective?

6. How does the setting reflect Edmund's emotional state?

7. What is the significance of the absence of adults in the Prologue?

8. Why do you think the author sets up the prologue so that all of Edmund's female family members are missing?

9. Why do you think the author has Dupin tell Edmund that he has certain critical information, but refuses to share it with him?

10. Why do you think Edmund continues to trust Dupin, even after reading in Dupin's notebook in Chapter Nine that Dupin thinks his story should end with Sis' death?

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