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 type of book does Edmund's sister read?

2. Who is Throck?

3. When they investigate the room that faces Edmund's room, what do Edmund and Dupin find?

4. In the prologue, where is the children's mother?

5. When he is at Mrs. Whitman's house to deliver Dupin's letter, what does Edmund hear Mrs. Powers say she thinks Mrs. Whitman should do?

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 the author chose not to reveal Sis's true name?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the story Poe is writing throughout the course of the novel? How does it change, and how do these changes reflect the changes in Poe's character and in his relationship with Edmund?

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