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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) She is ill.
(b) Someone threatens to kidnap her.
(c) The neighborhood is unsafe.
(d) She is too young.

2. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?
(a) Windemere Street.
(b) Wickenden Street.
(c) Ann Street.
(d) Shamrock Street.

3. What does Edmund buy for himself and his sister?
(a) Kidney pie.
(b) Scones.
(c) Bread.
(d) Meat.

4. What does Dupin asks Edmund to do when they first meet?
(a) Help him write a story.
(b) Solve a mystery.
(c) Deliver a letter.
(d) Help him get a job.

5. When Edmund sees the corpse at the docks, at the beginning of the story, who does he identify her as?
(a) His mother.
(b) His aunt.
(c) His father.
(d) His sister.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When they first meet, in exchange for Edmund's help, what does Dupin agree to do?

3. 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?

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

5. Who first used the locked-room concept?

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

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

4. What does it reveal about Dupin's character when he tells Edmund in Chapter Two, "There is a difference between what happens and what we would like to have happen"?

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

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

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

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

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

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