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. As he leaves the bank, what does Dupin tell Peterson his name is?

2. What is the only item missing after Edmund's room is ransacked?

3. Where do the children live?

4. What does Edmund buy for himself and his sister?

5. Where does the story take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Edmund should have continued to trust Dupin, even though he kept letting him down? Or should he have taken matters into his own hands sooner? Do you think trusting Dupin is a choice or a necessity?

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

What is the significance of the beginning of Poe's story being identical to the prologue of the novel? What does it say about the relationship between Poe and Edmund? Do you think it is an indication that Poe's association with Edmund changed him?

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