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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 is Dupin surprised to learn that Captain Elias told Edmund?
(a) The Lady Liberty does not exist.
(b) Fortnoy was keeping watch at the time of the murder.
(c) The S.S. Freedom does not exist.
(d) Captain Elias was keeping watch at the time of the murder.
2. How does Edmund convince Poe to help him find his sister?
(a) Threatening to tear up his story.
(b) Withholding his liquor.
(c) Complimenting him on his detective skills.
(d) Offering to help him write his story.
3. At the end, what does Edmund come to realize about Poe's agenda?
(a) He is mainly concerned with courting Mrs. Whitman.
(b) He is mainly concerned with giving up alcohol.
(c) He is mainly concerned with his story.
(d) He is mainly concerned with helping Edmund.
4. When he stops on his way to the cemetery, what does Dupin imagine that he sees?
5. What does Poe's style of courting Mrs. Whitman reflect?
(a) His fear of failure.
(b) His lack of inner drive.
(c) His fierce determination.
(d) His careful weighing of his options.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Poe believe he will not marry Mrs. Whitman at the end of the novel?
2. When Poe arrives at the scene where Edmund is trying to rescue his sister, how does he say he figured out the meaning of the decoded message?
3. What does Edmund buy at the tavern for himself and his mother?
4. What does Edmund bring with him to rescue his sister?
5. Who is the man who hits Edmund with a gun?
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 is the turning point Edmund experiences in Chapter 14?
3. Why do you think Dupin decides that his work is done after summing up the details of the solved mystery in Chapter 17?
4. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Edmund's grabbing Poe's story and threatening to rip it up if Poe does not help him?
5. Why is it significant in Chapter 14 that Edmund first begins to doubt Dupin's detective skills after talking to Captain Elias?
6. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?
7. What can the reader learn about the real-life Poe in this novel?
8. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?
9. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?
10. Do you think Poe is a coward for giving up on marrying Helen because, as he says, too many timid people feel threatened by his power as a writer?
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