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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. How does Edmund get home with the food for himself and his sister?
(a) He runs.
(b) By bus.
(c) By bicycle.
(d) He walks.

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

3. What does Edmund read in Dupin's notebook at the tavern?
(a) A message to Edmund.
(b) A message to Mrs. Whitman.
(c) Dupin's true identity.
(d) A story based on Edmund's situation.

4. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?
(a) A detective.
(b) Youthful.
(c) Elderly.
(d) Frightening.

5. What is the food Edmund buys for himself and his sister wrapped in?
(a) Foil.
(b) Newspaper.
(c) Cellophane.
(d) Waxed paper.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Edmund give the second letter that Dupin asks him to deliver?

2. What street does Edmund live on?

3. Why didn't Edmund want to leave his sister alone?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Edmund should have stopped to help the old man before returning home?

2. When Edmund sees Dupin asleep, surrounded by empty liquor bottles, in Chapter Three, what conflict does it bring about it Edmund's thinking?

3. What is the significance of the fact that both Edmund and Dupin have an important person in their lives whom they call Sis?

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

5. Why do you think the author chose not to reveal Sis's true name?

6. Based on the prologue, what do you think is the author's opinion of Poe as a writer?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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