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 Sherlock Holmes?

2. How much money does Edmund have at the beginning of the story?

3. Who is Throck?

4. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?

5. Which fictional detective did Poe's writings influence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do you think Dupin is so obsessed with death?

9. 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"?

10. Do you think the story would be as effective if it were set in a different time period?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Edmund has one trusted adult friend: Captain Elias. Why do you think he waits so long to visit Captain Elias and seek out his help? Do you see this as a flaw in the novel? Does the author have Edmund avoid his friend just so that his relationship with Dupin/Poe can play out in a more interesting way? Do you think the author should have deleted Captain Elias from the novel, and imparted the information Captain Elias shares in some other way?

Essay Topic 3

Once the central conflict of Sis's disappearance is resolved, do you characterize Poe's dissatisfaction with it as a twist? Poe makes it clear to Edmund that he believes he can give Sis immortality in his story. Is Poe's lack of reaction to Sis's recovery to be expected, or is it a surprise that adds color and depth to the final moments of the story?

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