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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. What street does Edmund live on?

2. What type of book does Edmund's sister read?

3. When Edmund first mentions Rachett's name, where does Dupin remember hearing the name?

4. What is the food Edmund buys for himself and his sister wrapped in?

5. Who is Sherlock Holmes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the final chase scene in Chapter 21 differ from the rest of the novel?

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

3. How do you think the loss of both his parents at a very young age affected the person Poe became?

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

5. How does the author use the fact that the real-life Poe had a daguerreotype made for Mrs. Whitman to advance the story?

6. What can the reader learn about the real-life Poe in this novel?

7. Poe didn't have a nurturing parental figure in his life until adulthood. How was his experience similar to and different from Edmund's?

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 is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?

10. Do you think army life suited Poe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter Two, Dupin tells Edmund that "there is a difference what happens and what we would like to have happen". How does this quote summarize the essential difference between Dupin and Edmund throughout the novel? How does it relate to the theme of hope versus despair?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think the characters frequently think they see ghosts throughout the novel? What do the ghosts symbolize? What is the significance of the fact that these characters generally realize immediately that ghosts don't really exist?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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