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. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?

3. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?

4. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?

5. Where does Edmund go to buy food for himself and Sis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

4. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?

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

6. Do you think Mrs. Whitman's breaking off of the engagement directly led to Poe's mysterious death a year later?

7. Do you think Poe is a good choice for a novel about a real life person? Why or why not?

8. Why do you think Dupin decides that his work is done after summing up the details of the solved mystery in Chapter 17?

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

10. Do you think Poe is a coward for giving up on marrying Helen because, as he says, too many timid people feel threatened by his power as a writer?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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