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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. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.
(a) Amateur detectives.
(b) Children.
(c) Women.
(d) Professional detectives.

2. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?
(a) Ann Street.
(b) Windemere Street.
(c) Shamrock Street.
(d) Wickenden Street.

3. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?
(a) A corpse.
(b) Money.
(c) Edmund's sister.
(d) A piece of string.

4. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?
(a) If their aunt returns, Sis will take responsibility for his leaving.
(b) She'll call a neighbor if she needs help.
(c) She'll let him have most of the food he buys.
(d) She won't go out while he's gone.

5. Where does Edmund go to buy food for himself and Sis?
(a) A saloon.
(b) A corner store.
(c) An inn.
(d) A pastry shop.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the prologue, what does Edmund discover when he returns home?

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

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

4. When Dupin identifies Rachett as Edmund's step-father, what does Edmund tell him about the reason his mother came to America?

5. Who is Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do you think the character Dupin reflects the real-life Poe?

3. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

4. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?

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

6. Do you think Mrs. Whitman's breaking off of the engagement directly led to Poe's mysterious death a year later?

7. Do you think Poe is a good choice for a novel about a real life person? Why or why not?

8. Why do you think Dupin decides that his work is done after summing up the details of the solved mystery in Chapter 17?

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. Do you think Poe is a coward for giving up on marrying Helen because, as he says, too many timid people feel threatened by his power as a writer?

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