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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 Parrot.
(b) Hercules Parrot.
(c) Hercules Poirot.
(d) Hercule Poirot.

2. When Edward goes to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, according to the posted sign, who is offering a reward for the location of Mrs. G. Rachett?
(a) Mr. Poley.
(b) Mr. Arnold.
(c) The police.
(d) Mr. Rachett.

3. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.
(a) Amateur detectives.
(b) Children.
(c) Women.
(d) Professional detectives.

4. On his way to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, who follow Edward?
(a) Dupin.
(b) A ghost.
(c) Throck.
(d) Fortnoy.

5. At the beginning of the story, how long have the children been alone?
(a) Two days.
(b) Ten days.
(c) Two hours.
(d) Two weeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Throck?

2. What is the food Edmund buys for himself and his sister wrapped in?

3. When he is at Mrs. Whitman's house to deliver Dupin's letter, what does Edmund hear Mrs. Powers say she thinks Mrs. Whitman should do?

4. The first time Edmund and Dupin go to the saloon together, what do they learn?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the significance of the absence of adults in the Prologue?

9. What did Edgar Allan Poe do in his mystery stories that no one had done before, and how does this impact future mystery writers?

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

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