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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. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?
(a) Their parents are out for the evening.
(b) They are waiting for their aunt's return.
(c) They are orphans.
(d) A neighbor is looking after them.
2. How does Dupin determine that Edmund's sister must have gotten out of the room she shares with Edmund?
(a) Through the front door.
(b) Through the chimney.
(c) Through the window.
(d) Through a trap door in the floor.
3. In what month does the story begin?
4. The prologue is engaging because it sets up a crime in which _____.
(a) The victim's real name is unclear.
(b) Edmund may be guilty.
(c) The suspect could not possibly have entered the room.
(d) Nothing is stolen.
5. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, what does Mrs. Whitman ask Edmund about Dupin?
(a) If he has given up drinking.
(b) If he wants to marry her.
(c) If he is trustworthy when drinking.
(d) If he is still in town.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Edmund's sister convince him to do in the Prologue?
2. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?
3. What is on the scrap of paper Edmund finds in Mrs. Whitman's house?
4. What does Dupin learn is the cause of Edmund's aunt's death?
5. In the prologue, where is the children's mother?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why do you think Poe chooses to go by the name of his fictional detective?
3. 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?
4. Why do you think the author sets up the prologue so that all of Edmund's female family members are missing?
5. How do you think the novel would be different if there were no prologue?
6. What do you think is Dupin's primary motivation for helping Edmund?
7. Why do you think the author chose not to reveal Sis's true name?
8. Based on the prologue, what do you think is the author's opinion of Poe as a writer?
9. Do you think there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?
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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