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. In what month does the story begin?

2. Where does the story take place?

3. After they discuss Edmund's step-father, who does Dupin send Edmund to speak to at the docks?

4. At the clothier's shop, what does the large man do when he sees Edmund?

5. When Edmund enters his room with the food for himself and his sister, what state is his sister in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think the author decided to set up a mystery in the style of Edgar Allan Poe?

3. How do you think the character Dupin reflects the real-life Poe?

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

5. 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?

6. Why do you think Dupin is so obsessed with death?

7. What is the significance of the fact that both Edmund and Dupin have an important person in their lives whom they call Sis?

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

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

10. What does it reveal about Dupin's character when he tells Edmund in Chapter Two, "There is a difference between what happens and what we would like to have happen"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism of Poe's use of a pseudonym? What is the significance of the specific pseudonym he chooses? What are some other examples of his assuming a false identify, and what do these say about his character?

Essay Topic 2

How do you characterize Dupin/Poe's crime-solving methods? Do you think they are effective? Use specific details from the novel to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

What are the various ways in which real life and fiction intermingle in this story? What do you think the author is saying about the nature of realism and fantasy?

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