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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 does the piece of paper that is slipped under the door of Edmund's room tell Dupin?
(a) Not to get involved.
(b) An important clue.
(c) To meet Mrs. Whitman.
(d) To meet William Arnold at the Hotel American House.

2. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, what does Mrs. Whitman ask Edmund about Dupin?
(a) If he is still in town.
(b) If he has given up drinking.
(c) If he is trustworthy when drinking.
(d) If he wants to marry her.

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

4. How are the children feeling when the novel begins?
(a) Hungry.
(b) Excited.
(c) Tired.
(d) Cheerful.

5. Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books was the first to use a combination of ____.
(a) Passion and reason.
(b) Wits, evidence, and the powers of reason.
(c) Forensic evidence and laboratory results.
(d) Humor and seriousness.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What two things does this novel incorporate?

3. How does Edmund get home with the food for himself and his sister?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. 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?

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

4. How does the setting reflect Edmund's emotional state?

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

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

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

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

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