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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. When they return to Edmund's room after Edmund is attacked, what does Dupin tell Edmund to find?
(a) His notebook.
(b) An encoded message.
(c) The newspaper the food is wrapped in.
(d) His wallet.

2. Who does Dupin tell Edmund that Rachett has killed?
(a) Edmund's aunt, believing her to be Edmund's mother.
(b) His partner, Peterson.
(c) Edmund's sister.
(d) Edmund's mother, believing her to be Edmund's aunt.

3. What does Mr. Arnold ask Dupin at Mrs. Whitman's home?
(a) Why his stories all deal with gruesome deaths.
(b) Why he is trying to steal Helen away from him.
(c) Why he was in the cemetery.
(d) Why a man would order a coat and then not buy it.

4. What happens to Edmund when he confronts his sister's kidnapper?
(a) He is knocked into the harbor.
(b) He is tied up.
(c) He is taken onto the ship.
(d) He is knocked unconscious.

5. Who does Mrs. Powers want her daughter to marry?
(a) Mr. Poley.
(b) Mr. Arnold.
(c) Mr. Peterson.
(d) Mr. Poe.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Edmund figures out where his sister is, who accompanies him to rescue her?

2. What does Dupin use to decipher the encoded message Edmund found at Mrs. Whitman's house?

3. What does Edmund buy at the tavern for himself and his mother?

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

5. What does Dupin learn at the portrait studio?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. What does Dupin mean in Chapter 16 when he tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth"?

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

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