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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 Edward goes to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, according to the posted sign, who is offering a reward for the location of Mrs. G. Rachett?
(a) Mr. Poley.
(b) Mr. Arnold.
(c) The police.
(d) Mr. Rachett.

2. In what year does the story take place?
(a) 1884.
(b) 1948.
(c) 1848.
(d) 1748.

3. What does Dupin learn is the cause of Edmund's aunt's death?
(a) Undetermined.
(b) A murder.
(c) A suicide.
(d) An accident.

4. After Edmund returns home at the beginning of the story, what is his most pressing goal?
(a) Find more food.
(b) Find his aunt.
(c) Find his sister.
(d) Find his mother.

5. Who first used the locked-room concept?
(a) Harry Houdini.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) Sherlock Holmes.
(d) Edgar Allan Poe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What street does Edmund live on?

2. When Dupin first meets Throck, what does he observes about him?

3. What does Dupin asks Edmund to do when they first meet?

4. How does Dupin determine that Edmund's sister must have gotten out of the room she shares with Edmund?

5. The prologue introduces the reader to all of the following EXCEPT _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. Why do you think Poe chooses to go by the name of his fictional detective?

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

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

5. Why do you think the author sets up the prologue so that all of Edmund's female family members are missing?

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

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

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

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

10. Do you think the story would be as effective if it were set in a different time period?

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