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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. When Edmund first mentions Rachett's name, where does Dupin remember hearing the name?
(a) The docks.
(b) The clothing store.
(c) The tavern.
(d) The inquest.

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

3. In the prologue, what does Edmund discover when he returns home?
(a) His sister has opened the door.
(b) He forgot to lock the door.
(c) He's forgotten his key.
(d) The door is still locked from the outside.

4. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?
(a) They are waiting for their aunt's return.
(b) They are orphans.
(c) Their parents are out for the evening.
(d) A neighbor is looking after them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dupin want Edmund to find out at the docks?

2. As Dupin leaves the bank, what work by Poe does Peterson tell Dupin that he likes?

3. When they investigate the room that faces Edmund's room, what do Edmund and Dupin find?

4. What does Edmund read in Dupin's notebook at the tavern?

5. What is Edmund's sister's real name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it significant in Chapter 14 that Edmund first begins to doubt Dupin's detective skills after talking to Captain Elias?

2. Why do you think Edmund makes the final decision to tear up Poe's story before going to the docks to rescue Sis?

3. 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?

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

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

6. How did the women in his life affect and/or influence Poe throughout the years?

7. In real life, Poe and Mrs. Whitman were engaged in spite of her mother's protests, but Mrs. Whitman broke it off because of his drinking. Why do you think the author of the novel uses the woman's real name but does not have them get engaged?

8. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?

9. Why do you think the author has Edmund's mother demand both the divorce and her money, rather than just being satisfied with a divorce, when she first encounters her husband?

10. What is the significance, in Chapter 16, of Edmund throwing himself at a man with a gun?

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