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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. As he leaves the bank, what does Dupin tell Peterson his name is?
(a) Edgar Grey.
(b) Edgar Allan Poe.
(c) Edward Grey.
(d) Edmund Grey.

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) The police.
(b) Mr. Rachett.
(c) Mr. Poley.
(d) Mr. Arnold.

3. Who is Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books?
(a) August Dupin.
(b) Auguste Dupine.
(c) Auguste Dupin.
(d) August Dupine.

4. At the clothier's shop, what does the large man do when he sees Edmund?
(a) Warns him to stay away from Dupin.
(b) Offers to buy him a coat.
(c) Ignores him.
(d) Rushes out of the store.

5. 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?
(a) Marry Mr. Arnold.
(b) Marry Mr. Poe.
(c) Get a divorce.
(d) Remain unmarried.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dupin goes to the courthouse, what do Thock and Fortnoy testify about?

2. What two things does this novel incorporate?

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

4. On his way to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, who follow Edward?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

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

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

4. If you were Edmund, how do you feel about Poe's assertion that Sis lives on longer in Poe's story than she does in real life?

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

6. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?

7. Why do you think the author added this section at the end of the book? Do you think it is appropriate to have a historical section at the end of a novel?

8. Why do you think the author has Edmund's mother demand both the divorce and her money, rather than just being satisfied with a divorce, when she first encounters her husband?

9. Do you think Poe is able to make up his own mind whether or not to root for Edmund's happiness, or does his nature force him to hope for the worst?

10. At the time of their marriage, Poe's wife was only two years older than Edmund. Do you think this intensified Poe's association of his wife, Sis, with Edmund's sister, also named Sis?

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