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

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

3. What does Edmund call his sister?

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

5. The first time Edmund and Dupin go to the saloon together, what do they learn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Based on the prologue, what do you think is the author's opinion of Poe as a writer?

9. How do you think the character Dupin reflects the real-life Poe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Keeping in mind that this novel is a work of fiction, do you agree with Poe when he tells Edmund that Sis would have "lived longer" in his story than she could in reality? Do you think Poe himself has in a sense lived longer because of his presence in this novel?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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