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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 one of the newspaper notices say?
(a) Peterson is demanding a ransom for Edmund's sister.
(b) Peterson can be reached at the Providence Bank.
(c) Peterson is demanding a ransom for Edmund's mother.
(d) Peterson is residing at the Hotel American House.

2. What does Mrs. Whitman ask Dupin to do in front of her guests?
(a) Do a drawing of her face.
(b) Have a type of photograph of his face made.
(c) Pose for her.
(d) Keep a picture of her in his wallet.

3. What does Poe's style of courting Mrs. Whitman reflect?
(a) His lack of inner drive.
(b) His fierce determination.
(c) His careful weighing of his options.
(d) His fear of failure.

4. 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 sister.
(d) A poster advertising a ransom for the return of Edmund's aunt.

5. What does Edmund do to save his sister?
(a) He offers to trade places with her.
(b) He dives into the water.
(c) He uses Throck's gun.
(d) He uses Poe's knife.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. After Edmund's mother is recovered, what does Poe think about finding Edmund's sister?

3. What does Dupin NOT tell Edmund about Arnold's classified ad?

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

5. What does Poe believe when he first sees Edmund with his mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do both Dupin and Edmund frequently believe they have seen ghosts?

2. What can the reader learn about the real-life Poe in this novel?

3. How do you think Edmund felt upon reading the beginning of Poe's story, and seeing the name "Edgar" changed to "Edmund"? Do you think it made him regret having torn up the rest of the story?

4. What does Dupin mean in Chapter 14 when he tells Edmund that "the story is over"?

5. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

6. What is the symbolism, in Chapter 13, of Dupin's imagining that Helen's mothers guests are demons wearing masks of black death?

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. What is the significance, in Chapter 16, of Edmund throwing himself at a man with a gun?

9. What is the turning point Edmund experiences in Chapter 14?

10. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?

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