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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 Dupin want Edmund to find out at the docks?
(a) Whether Mrs. Powers will consent to Dupin's courting of Mrs. Whitman.
(b) Whether Captain Elias was involved in a murder.
(c) Whether Sis is hiding on a ship.
(d) Whether there's a ship called The Lady Liberty.

2. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?
(a) An ad in a newspaper.
(b) A sailor.
(c) A letter from Edmund's mother.
(d) A banker.

3. How does Dupin determine that Edmund's sister must have gotten out of the room she shares with Edmund?
(a) Through the chimney.
(b) Through the window.
(c) Through a trap door in the floor.
(d) Through the front door.

4. The prologue is engaging because it sets up a crime in which _____.
(a) Nothing is stolen.
(b) The victim's real name is unclear.
(c) Edmund may be guilty.
(d) The suspect could not possibly have entered the room.

5. 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. Rachett.
(b) Mr. Arnold.
(c) Mr. Poley.
(d) The police.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who first used the locked-room concept?

2. Who is Auguste Dupin?

3. After Edmund's room is ransacked, what does Edmund tell Dupin about his stepfather, Mr. Rachett?

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

5. In the prologue, what does Edmund discover when he returns home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the turning point Edmund experiences in Chapter 14?

2. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Edmund's grabbing Poe's story and threatening to rip it up if Poe does not help him?

3. Why do you think the author has Edmund's mother demand both the divorce and her money, rather than just being satisfied with a divorce, when she first encounters her husband?

4. If you were Edmund, how do you feel about Poe's assertion that Sis lives on longer in Poe's story than she does in real life?

5. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

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

7. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?

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

9. Why do both Dupin and Edmund frequently believe they have seen ghosts?

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

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