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. What two things does this novel incorporate?

2. Why are the children alone at the beginning of the story?

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

4. To whom does Edmund give the second letter that Dupin asks him to deliver?

5. After Edmund returns home at the beginning of the story, what is his most pressing goal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 character Dupin reflects the real-life Poe?

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 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?

6. 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"?

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

8. What is the significance of the absence of adults in the Prologue?

9. What is the significance of Edmund's direct accusation, in Chapter Nine, that Dupin has abandoned him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the symbolism of Poe's use of a pseudonym? What is the significance of the specific pseudonym he chooses? What are some other examples of his assuming a false identify, and what do these say about his character?

Essay Topic 3

How do you characterize Dupin/Poe's crime-solving methods? Do you think they are effective? Use specific details from the novel to support your answer.

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