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. Where does the story take place?

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

3. When Edward goes to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, according to the posted sign, who is offering a reward for the location of Mrs. G. Rachett?

4. Who is Sherlock Holmes?

5. Who is Throck?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Edgar Allan Poe do in his mystery stories that no one had done before, and how does this impact future mystery writers?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contract Edmund and Dupin/Poe. Use specific examples from the novel relating to their circumstances, life events, and reactions to these circumstances and events.

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