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

2. The prologue introduces the reader to all of the following EXCEPT _____.
(a) Edgar Allan Poe.
(b) The novel's's setting.
(c) Edmund and his sister.
(d) A missing mother and aunt.

3. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?
(a) She'll call a neighbor if she needs help.
(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 won't go out while he's gone.

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

5. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?
(a) A letter from Edmund's mother.
(b) A sailor.
(c) A banker.
(d) An ad in a newspaper.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dupin first meets Throck, what does he observes about him?

2. In the prologue, where is the children's mother?

3. What does Edmund read in Dupin's notebook at the tavern?

4. When they investigate the room that faces Edmund's room, what do Edmund and Dupin find?

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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