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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 in the prologue of Poe's story?
(a) An apology to Edward for his behavior.
(b) The same prologue that begins Edmund's story.
(c) The beginning of Poe's life.
(d) A note to Mrs. Whitman.

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

3. What does Dupin admit to Edmund about himself?
(a) He is Edgar Allan Poe.
(b) He is very wealthy.
(c) He is a drunkard.
(d) He is Mr. Whitman.

4. Who or what is Peggy?
(a) A bar maid.
(b) A character in Poe's story.
(c) Captain Elias's peg leg.
(d) The boat used to try to rescue Sis.

5. What does Edmund see in the mausoleum?
(a) A corpse.
(b) A button.
(c) A ghost.
(d) Nothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Throck ask Edmund about Poe?

2. What does Dupin find in the mausoleum?

3. When Edmund arrives to rescue his sister, who is trying to take her away?

4. Why does Poe believe he will not marry Mrs. Whitman at the end of the novel?

5. When Edmund follows Dupin to see if he will meet Mrs. Whitman in the cemetery, Dupin first goes into a _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the final chase scene in Chapter 21 differ from the rest of the novel?

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

3. Why do you think the author has Poe share his thought process throughout the story, rather than saving all his insights for the end?

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

5. 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?

6. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Poe's belief upon seeing Edmund and his mother that his characters have come to life?

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

8. 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?

9. Why do you think Edmund makes the final decision to tear up Poe's story before going to the docks to rescue Sis?

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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