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. Who is Auguste Dupin?

2. In what month does the story begin?

3. When Dupin first meets Throck, what does he observes about him?

4. What does Dupin want Edmund to find out at the docks?

5. What does Edmund's sister convince him to do in the Prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Based on the prologue, what do you think is the author's opinion of Poe as a writer?

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

5. When Edmund sees Dupin asleep, surrounded by empty liquor bottles, in Chapter Three, what conflict does it bring about it Edmund's thinking?

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

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

8. What can the reader deduce about the real-life Poe from part one of the novel?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Edmund initially chooses to trust a stranger rather than going to the authorities? What is it about Dupin that makes him believe he is helpful? What would you do in Edmund's in place?

Essay Topic 2

How many mysteries are there in this novel? How do they overlap? Analyze how the clues for solving each mystery are necessary for solving the others.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the characters frequently think they see ghosts throughout the novel? What do the ghosts symbolize? What is the significance of the fact that these characters generally realize immediately that ghosts don't really exist?

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