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. When Edmund and Mrs. Whitman first meet, where does Mrs. Whitman tell Edmund to have Dupin meet her?

2. What does Dupin asks Edmund to do when they first meet?

3. In what year does the story take place?

4. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?

5. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. Do you think there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?

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

4. How does the setting reflect Edmund's emotional state?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edmund has one trusted adult friend: Captain Elias. Why do you think he waits so long to visit Captain Elias and seek out his help? Do you see this as a flaw in the novel? Does the author have Edmund avoid his friend just so that his relationship with Dupin/Poe can play out in a more interesting way? Do you think the author should have deleted Captain Elias from the novel, and imparted the information Captain Elias shares in some other way?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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