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. At the clothier's shop, what does the large man do when he sees Edmund?

2. Who is Fortnoy?

3. What type of man does Edmund meet on his way home in the prologue?

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

5. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do you think Edmund makes the final decision to tear up Poe's story before going to the docks to rescue Sis?

4. How does the author use the fact that the real-life Poe had a daguerreotype made for Mrs. Whitman to advance the story?

5. What is the significance, in Chapter 16, of Edmund throwing himself at a man with a gun?

6. What is the significance of Edmund's direct accusation, in Chapter Nine, that Dupin has abandoned him?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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