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

2. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?
(a) Wickenden Street.
(b) Shamrock Street.
(c) Windemere Street.
(d) Ann Street.

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

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

5. Who is Fortnoy?
(a) A ship's captain.
(b) A sailor.
(c) A police officer.
(d) A night watchman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?

2. When Dupin goes to the courthouse, what do Thock and Fortnoy testify about?

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

4. Who is Sherlock Holmes?

5. Where does Peterson live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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