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 does the piece of paper that is slipped under the door of Edmund's room tell Dupin?

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

3. Where does Peterson live?

4. To whom does Edmund give the second letter that Dupin asks him to deliver?

5. The prologue introduces the reader to all of the following EXCEPT _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the absence of adults in the Prologue?

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

4. 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"?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Chapter 13, the guests discuss whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face. Do you think they are accurately describing Dupin's approach to crime solving? For example, does Dupin/Poe attempt to discern whether a man is honest simply by looking at him? Do you think you can generally "judge a book by its cover", or is more probing required to get to the truth?

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