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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. When Edmund enters his room with the food for himself and his sister, what state is his sister in?
2. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.
3. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?
4. Where does the story take place?
5. How much money does Edmund have at the beginning of the story?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think the author sets up the prologue so that all of Edmund's female family members are missing?
2. What can the reader deduce about the real-life Poe from part one of the novel?
3. Why do you think the author chose not to reveal Sis's true name?
4. What did Edgar Allan Poe do in his mystery stories that no one had done before, and how does this impact future mystery writers?
5. What do you think is Dupin's primary motivation for helping Edmund?
6. When Edmund sees Dupin asleep, surrounded by empty liquor bottles, in Chapter Three, what conflict does it bring about it Edmund's thinking?
7. 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?
8. Why do you think Poe chooses to go by the name of his fictional detective?
9. How do you think the character Dupin reflects the real-life Poe?
10. What is the significance of the fact that both Edmund and Dupin have an important person in their lives whom they call Sis?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are the various ways in which real life and fiction intermingle in this story? What do you think the author is saying about the nature of realism and fantasy?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the role of setting in the novel. Think about the various specific locations where the characters are found. What do they have in common? How do they contribute to the mood of the novel? How do they bring the novel to life visually? How do they reflect the characters' inner journeys?
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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