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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. Who first used the locked-room concept?
(a) Sherlock Holmes.
(b) Harry Houdini.
(c) William Shakespeare.
(d) Edgar Allan Poe.

2. After they discuss Edmund's step-father, who does Dupin send Edmund to speak to at the docks?
(a) Throck.
(b) Mrs. Powers.
(c) Captain Elias.
(d) Mr. Peterson.

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

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

5. As he prepares to meet Mrs. Whitman, who does Dupin tell Edmund he believes Edmund's aunt's murderer is?
(a) Peterson.
(b) Poley.
(c) Fortnoy.
(d) Throck.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?

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

4. How are the children feeling when the novel begins?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the author decided to set up a mystery in the style of Edgar Allan Poe?

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

3. 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"?

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

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

6. What does the author accomplish in part one by having Dupin tell Edmund that Edmund already has all the facts he needs to solve the crime?

7. How does the locked-room mystery engage the reader?

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

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

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

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