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. As he prepares to meet Mrs. Whitman, who does Dupin tell Edmund he believes Edmund's aunt's murderer is?

2. On his way to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, who follow Edward?

3. The first time Edmund and Dupin go to the saloon together, what do they learn?

4. What does Edmund read in Dupin's notebook at the tavern?

5. Poe's main character in one of his famous mystery books was the first to use a combination of ____.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

3. 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?

4. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Poe's belief upon seeing Edmund and his mother that his characters have come to life?

5. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?

6. Do you think Poe is able to make up his own mind whether or not to root for Edmund's happiness, or does his nature force him to hope for the worst?

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

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

9. What is the symbolism, in Chapter 13, of Dupin's imagining that Helen's mothers guests are demons wearing masks of black death?

10. Do you think Poe is a good choice for a novel about a real life person? Why or why not?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

How do you characterize Dupin/Poe's crime-solving methods? Do you think they are effective? Use specific details from the novel to support your answer.

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