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, what does Mrs. Whitman ask Edmund about Dupin?

2. Who first used the locked-room concept?

3. What type of book does Edmund's sister read?

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

5. What does Edmund's sister convince him to do in the Prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 is the significance of the absence of adults in the Prologue?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Dupin/Poe tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth." Do you agree? Do you think this is the case only in fiction, or in real life as well?

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