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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) Professional detectives.
(b) Women.
(c) Amateur detectives.
(d) Children.

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

3. Where do the children live?
(a) Above a saloon.
(b) In a tenement.
(c) In a hotel.
(d) In a cozy house.

4. At the bank, who is the author of the urgent message Mr. Poley hands Peterson?
(a) Throck.
(b) Fortnoy.
(c) Mr. Rachett.
(d) Mr. Arnold.

5. When they investigate the room that faces Edmund's room, what do Edmund and Dupin find?
(a) A written message from Edmund's sister.
(b) A large sum of money.
(c) A button from Edmund's sister's shoe.
(d) A trail of blood.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is on the scrap of paper Edmund finds in Mrs. Whitman's house?

2. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?

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

4. After Edmund returns home at the beginning of the story, what is his most pressing goal?

5. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think Poe is able to make up his own mind whether or not to root for Edmund's happiness, or does his nature force him to hope for the worst?

3. What can the reader learn about the real-life Poe in this novel?

4. Why do you think the author uses the real names of Poe's fiancée and her mother as characters in the story?

5. What did Edgar Allan Poe do in his mystery stories that no one had done before, and how does this impact future mystery writers?

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

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

8. Why do you think Edmund continues to trust Dupin, even after reading in Dupin's notebook in Chapter Nine that Dupin thinks his story should end with Sis' death?

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

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