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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. What two things does this novel incorporate?
(a) Poe's literary methodology and Poe as a fictional character.
(b) Police work and amateur sleuthing.
(c) Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot as characters.
(d) Magic and realism.

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

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

4. What does Dupin learn is the cause of Edmund's aunt's death?
(a) An accident.
(b) A murder.
(c) Undetermined.
(d) A suicide.

5. What is the title of one of Edgar Allan Poe's famous mystery books?
(a) The Murders in the Rue Morte.
(b) The Murder in the Rue Morte.
(c) The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
(d) The Murder in the Rue Morgue.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Sherlock Holmes?

2. What is on the scrap of paper Edmund finds in Mrs. Whitman's house?

3. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?

4. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?

5. When Edmund sees the corpse at the docks, at the beginning of the story, who does he identify her as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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