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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 Edmund see on the tavern wall?
(a) A poster advertising a reward for finding the bank robbers.
(b) A poster advertising a reward for finding Mrs. G. Rachett.
(c) A poster advertising a ransom for the return of Edmund's aunt.
(d) A poster advertising a ransom for the return of Edmund's sister.

2. What does Edmund realizes about the meaning of the word "Sunrise" in the decoded message?
(a) It is a story.
(b) It is a picture.
(c) It is a drink.
(d) It is a ship.

3. What does Mrs. Whitman tells her guests that Dupin/Poe is?
(a) Her suitor.
(b) Edmund's father.
(c) A detective.
(d) An author.

4. What do Poe's actions at the end of the novel demonstrate?
(a) He is determined to help others.
(b) He has given up on life.
(c) He is suicidal.
(d) He has a new lease on life.

5. What does the style of the novel mimic?
(a) The style of the fairy tales Sis reads.
(b) The style of Poe's romantic stories.
(c) The style of Sherlock Holmes stories.
(d) The style of Poe's detective stories.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the tavern, what does Throck tell Edmund?

2. What does Dupin admit to Edmund about himself?

3. What is in the prologue of Poe's story?

4. When introducing him to her guests, how does Mrs. Whitman refer to Dupin?

5. How does Edmund convince Poe to help him find his sister?

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. Do you think Poe is able to make up his own mind whether or not to root for Edmund's happiness, or does his nature force him to hope for the worst?

3. Why do you think the author uses the circular technique of starting Poe's story in a way that is identical to the start of the novel?

4. Why do you think Dupin decides that his work is done after summing up the details of the solved mystery in Chapter 17?

5. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?

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. 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?

8. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?

9. 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?

10. If you were Edmund, how do you feel about Poe's assertion that Sis lives on longer in Poe's story than she does in real life?

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