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

2. At the tavern, what does Throck tell Edmund?
(a) He knows where Edmund's sister is.
(b) Edmund's mother hired him to find his aunt.
(c) He does not know where Edmund's sister is.
(d) Edmund's aunt hired him to find his mother.

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

4. What does seeing himself in Edmund lead Poe to do?
(a) Try to give Edmund a better ending to his own story.
(b) Think of himself as Edmund's father.
(c) Relate to Edmund's twin sister as well.
(d) Try to make Edmund as unhappy as he is.

5. What truth does Edmund demand of Poe before they part ways?
(a) Whether he is really a writer.
(b) Whether his name is really Poe.
(c) Whether he really had a wife named Sis.
(d) Whether he was really trying to save Sis.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dupin NOT tell Edmund about his mother?

2. Where is Edmund reunited with his mother?

3. What does the style of the novel mimic?

4. What does Throck ask Edmund about Poe?

5. As Edmund is spying on Dupin near the cemetery, whom does he see emerge from the Hotel American House and enter Mrs. Whitman's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do you think the author has Edmund's mother demand both the divorce and her money, rather than just being satisfied with a divorce, when she first encounters her husband?

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

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

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

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

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