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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. What is the only item missing after Edmund's room is ransacked?
(a) A photograph of his sister.
(b) A drawing of his sister.
(c) A photograph of his aunt and mother.
(d) A drawing of his aunt and mother.

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

3. What does Edmund's sister convince him to do in the Prologue?
(a) Stay inside.
(b) Look for a job.
(c) Beg for food.
(d) Go out to buy food.

4. Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books was the first to use a combination of ____.
(a) Passion and reason.
(b) Forensic evidence and laboratory results.
(c) Humor and seriousness.
(d) Wits, evidence, and the powers of reason.

5. When Dupin goes to the courthouse, what do Thock and Fortnoy testify about?
(a) Abducting Edmund's sister.
(b) Killing Edmund's mother.
(c) Finding Aunt Pru's body.
(d) Witnessing the bank robbery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who first used the locked-room concept?

2. Who is Throck?

3. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, what does Mrs. Whitman ask Edmund about Dupin?

4. In the prologue, where is the children's mother?

5. What does Edmund buy for himself and his sister?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Do you think there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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