The Man Who Was Poe Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the food Edmund buys for himself and his sister wrapped in?

2. How much money does Edmund have at the beginning of the story?

3. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, what does Mrs. Whitman ask Edmund about Dupin?

4. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.

5. In Dupin and Throck's first meeting, what does Throck tell Dupin he has been hired to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is Dupin's primary motivation for helping Edmund?

2. Why do you think Edmund continues to trust Dupin, even after reading in Dupin's notebook in Chapter Nine that Dupin thinks his story should end with Sis' death?

3. Why do you think Poe chooses to go by the name of his fictional detective?

4. Why do you think the author sets up the prologue so that all of Edmund's female family members are missing?

5. Why do you think the author has Dupin tell Edmund that he has certain critical information, but refuses to share it with him?

6. Do you think Edmund should have stopped to help the old man before returning home?

7. What does the author accomplish in part one by having Dupin tell Edmund that Edmund already has all the facts he needs to solve the crime?

8. How do you think the novel would be different if there were no prologue?

9. What is the significance of Edmund's direct accusation, in Chapter Nine, that Dupin has abandoned him?

10. How does the locked-room mystery engage the reader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the beginning of Poe's story being identical to the prologue of the novel? What does it say about the relationship between Poe and Edmund? Do you think it is an indication that Poe's association with Edmund changed him?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of setting in the novel. Think about the various specific locations where the characters are found. What do they have in common? How do they contribute to the mood of the novel? How do they bring the novel to life visually? How do they reflect the characters' inner journeys?

Essay Topic 3

What do we learn about Poe from the style with which he approaches his courtship of Mrs. Whitman? Does he seem determined? Shy? Indifferent? How do you think this relates to the loss of his first wife?

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