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. After Edmund returns home at the beginning of the story, what is his most pressing goal?

2. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?

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

4. What is Edmund's sister's real name?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. How does the final chase scene in Chapter 21 differ from the rest of the novel?

5. Why do you think the author added this section at the end of the book? Do you think it is appropriate to have a historical section at the end of a novel?

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

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

8. How did the women in his life affect and/or influence Poe throughout the years?

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. Why do you think Edmund continues to trust Dupin, even after reading in Dupin's notebook in Chapter Nine that Dupin thinks his story should end with Sis' death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do we learn about Poe from the style with which he approaches his courtship of Mrs. Whitman? Does he seem determined? Shy? Indifferent? How do you think this relates to the loss of his first wife?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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