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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 Dupin first meets Throck, what does he observes about him?
(a) He is a former convict.
(b) He is a father.
(c) He is a former detective.
(d) He is a former military man.

2. How much money does Edmund have at the beginning of the story?
(a) A penny.
(b) A dollar.
(c) A dime.
(d) A nickel.

3. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?
(a) She won't go out while he's gone.
(b) She'll let him have most of the food he buys.
(c) If their aunt returns, Sis will take responsibility for his leaving.
(d) She'll call a neighbor if she needs help.

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

5. At the clothier's shop, what does the large man do when he sees Edmund?
(a) Ignores him.
(b) Rushes out of the store.
(c) Offers to buy him a coat.
(d) Warns him to stay away from Dupin.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Dupin and Throck's first meeting, what does Throck tell Dupin he has been hired to do?

2. What is the only item missing after Edmund's room is ransacked?

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

4. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?

5. Who is Throck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Poe's belief upon seeing Edmund and his mother that his characters have come to life?

2. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. Poe published his two most famous works in his thirties, before the death of his wife. Do you think the death of his wife prevented him from continuing to be prolific and successful as a writer?

7. Do you think Poe is a coward for giving up on marrying Helen because, as he says, too many timid people feel threatened by his power as a writer?

8. Why do you think the author has Poe share his thought process throughout the story, rather than saving all his insights for the end?

9. How do you think the loss of both his parents at a very young age affected the person Poe became?

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?

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