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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. After Edmund returns home at the beginning of the story, what is his most pressing goal?
(a) Find his sister.
(b) Find more food.
(c) Find his mother.
(d) Find his aunt.

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

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

4. What is Edmund's sister's real name?
(a) Sissy.
(b) Catherine.
(c) Margaret.
(d) Not revealed.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?

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

4. Who is Sherlock Holmes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think the story would be as effective if it were set in a different time period?

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

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

4. Do you think there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?

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

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

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

8. Why do you think the author decided to set up a mystery in the style of Edgar Allan Poe?

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

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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