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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. What is the title of one of Edgar Allan Poe's famous mystery books?
(a) The Murders in the Rue Morte.
(b) The Murder in the Rue Morgue.
(c) The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
(d) The Murder in the Rue Morte.

2. When they first meet, in exchange for Edmund's help, what does Dupin agree to do?
(a) Give Edmund money for food.
(b) Help Edmund write a story.
(c) Help Edmund find his sister.
(d) Help Edmund commit a crime.

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

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

5. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?
(a) A sailor.
(b) A letter from Edmund's mother.
(c) A banker.
(d) An ad in a newspaper.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the only item missing after Edmund's room is ransacked?

2. The prologue introduces the reader to all of the following EXCEPT _____.

3. What type of book does Edmund's sister read?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What can the reader deduce about the real-life Poe from part one of the novel?

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

6. What is the significance of Edmund's direct accusation, in Chapter Nine, that Dupin has abandoned him?

7. Based on the prologue, what do you think is the author's opinion of Poe as a writer?

8. Do you think Edmund should have stopped to help the old man before returning home?

9. Do you think the story would be as effective if it were set in a different time period?

10. 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"?

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