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

2. How does Dupin determine that Edmund's sister must have gotten out of the room she shares with Edmund?
(a) Through the chimney.
(b) Through the window.
(c) Through a trap door in the floor.
(d) Through the front door.

3. Who is Auguste Dupin?
(a) A delivery man.
(b) A carpet salesman.
(c) A writer.
(d) A postal worker.

4. What does Edmund's sister convince him to do in the Prologue?
(a) Stay inside.
(b) Go out to buy food.
(c) Look for a job.
(d) Beg for food.

5. 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. Poley.
(c) Mr. Rachett.
(d) Mr. Arnold.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?

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

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

4. Who is Sherlock Holmes?

5. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the significance of Edmund's direct accusation, in Chapter Nine, that Dupin has abandoned him?

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

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

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

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

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