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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. As Dupin leaves the bank, what work by Poe does Peterson tell Dupin that he likes?
(a) The Gold Bug.
(b) The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
(c) The Metamorphosis.
(d) The Raven.

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

3. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.
(a) Professional detectives.
(b) Amateur detectives.
(c) Women.
(d) Children.

4. After Edmund's room is ransacked, what does Edmund tell Dupin about his stepfather, Mr. Rachett?
(a) He is a danger to Edmund and his sister.
(b) He was lost at sea.
(c) He is missing.
(d) He stole his mother's money and abandoned her.

5. When Edmund sees the corpse at the docks, at the beginning of the story, who does he identify her as?
(a) His mother.
(b) His father.
(c) His sister.
(d) His aunt.

Short Answer Questions

1. As he leaves the bank, what does Dupin tell Peterson his name is?

2. What does Edmund call his sister?

3. What is the children's room like?

4. Where does Peterson live?

5. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, where does Mrs. Whitman tell Edmund to have Dupin meet her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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