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. Who is Fortnoy?

2. When they first meet, in exchange for Edmund's help, what does Dupin agree to do?

3. After Edmund's room is ransacked, what does Edmund tell Dupin about his stepfather, Mr. Rachett?

4. In Dupin and Throck's first meeting, what does Throck tell Dupin he has been hired to do?

5. Where do the children live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Edmund should have continued to trust Dupin, even though he kept letting him down? Or should he have taken matters into his own hands sooner? Do you think trusting Dupin is a choice or a necessity?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the process of Edmund's coming of age in the novel. What are the influences that trigger his development? How does he change from a helpless child to a brave, assertive rescuer?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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