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

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

3. Why didn't Edmund want to leave his sister alone?
(a) She is too young.
(b) Someone threatens to kidnap her.
(c) She is ill.
(d) The neighborhood is unsafe.

4. What is the children's room like?
(a) Unfurnished.
(b) Dark.
(c) Drafty.
(d) Warm.

5. Where does the story take place?
(a) Providence, Rhode Island.
(b) London, England.
(c) Chicago, Illinois.
(d) New York, New York.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To whom does Edmund give the second letter that Dupin asks him to deliver?

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

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

5. At the beginning of the story, how long have the children been alone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why do you think the author has Dupin tell Edmund that he has certain critical information, but refuses to share it with him?

(see the answer keys)

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