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

2. 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?
(a) Mr. Rachett.
(b) Mr. Poley.
(c) Mr. Arnold.
(d) The police.

3. 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.

4. What type of book does Edmund's sister read?
(a) Nursery rhymes.
(b) Mysteries.
(c) Songs.
(d) Fairy tales.

5. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, where does Mrs. Whitman tell Edmund to have Dupin meet her?
(a) At the cemetery behind her house.
(b) At the courthouse.
(c) At the docks.
(d) At the tavern.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which fictional detective did Poe's writings influence?

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

4. What two things does this novel incorporate?

5. When Edmund enters his room with the food for himself and his sister, what state is his sister in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is Dupin's primary motivation for helping Edmund?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why do you think Dupin is so obsessed with death?

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

9. How do you think the novel would be different if there were no prologue?

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

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