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 does the piece of paper that is slipped under the door of Edmund's room tell Dupin?

2. Who first used the locked-room concept?

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

4. When they investigate the room that faces Edmund's room, what do Edmund and Dupin find?

5. Who is Fortnoy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Based on the prologue, what do you think is the author's opinion of Poe as a writer?

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

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

7. 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"?

8. Do you think there is any significance to the author's choice of the name "Edmund"?

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 has Dupin tell Edmund that he has certain critical information, but refuses to share it with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Keeping in mind that this novel is a work of fiction, do you agree with Poe when he tells Edmund that Sis would have "lived longer" in his story than she could in reality? Do you think Poe himself has in a sense lived longer because of his presence in this novel?

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