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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. Which fictional detective did Poe's writings influence?
(a) Hercule Poirot.
(b) Hercules Poirot.
(c) Hercules Parrot.
(d) Hercule Parrot.

2. Why didn't Edmund want to leave his sister alone?
(a) She is ill.
(b) The neighborhood is unsafe.
(c) Someone threatens to kidnap her.
(d) She is too young.

3. In Dupin and Throck's first meeting, what does Throck tell Dupin he has been hired to do?
(a) Murder Edmund's sister.
(b) Find a relative of Edmund's.
(c) Murder Edmund.
(d) Solve the bank robbery.

4. What does the piece of paper that is slipped under the door of Edmund's room tell Dupin?
(a) To meet Mrs. Whitman.
(b) An important clue.
(c) To meet William Arnold at the Hotel American House.
(d) Not to get involved.

5. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?
(a) A corpse.
(b) Edmund's sister.
(c) Money.
(d) A piece of string.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books?

2. When Edmund first mentions Rachett's name, where does Dupin remember hearing the name?

3. What is the children's room like?

4. When Dupin identifies Rachett as Edmund's step-father, what does Edmund tell him about the reason his mother came to America?

5. What does Dupin asks Edmund to do when they first meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the locked-room mystery engage the reader?

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

3. Why do you think Poe chooses to go by the name of his fictional detective?

4. 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?

5. Why do you think the author sets up the prologue so that all of Edmund's female family members are missing?

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

7. 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?

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

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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