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

2. In Dupin and Throck's first meeting, what does Throck tell Dupin he has been hired to do?

3. How does Dupin determine that Edmund's sister must have gotten out of the room she shares with Edmund?

4. What does Edmund's sister convince him to do in the Prologue?

5. When Edmund enters his room with the food for himself and his sister, what state is his sister in?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 13, the guests discuss whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face. Do you think they are accurately describing Dupin's approach to crime solving? For example, does Dupin/Poe attempt to discern whether a man is honest simply by looking at him? Do you think you can generally "judge a book by its cover", or is more probing required to get to the truth?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How many mysteries are there in this novel? How do they overlap? Analyze how the clues for solving each mystery are necessary for solving the others.

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