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. After they discuss Edmund's step-father, who does Dupin send Edmund to speak to at the docks?

2. On his way to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, who follow Edward?

3. When he is at Mrs. Whitman's house to deliver Dupin's letter, what does Edmund hear Mrs. Powers say she thinks Mrs. Whitman should do?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the setting reflect Edmund's emotional state?

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

4. Why do you think the author chose not to reveal Sis's true name?

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

6. Do you think Edmund should have stopped to help the old man before returning home?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Dupin/Poe tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth." Do you agree? Do you think this is the case only in fiction, or in real life as well?

Essay Topic 3

What do we learn about Poe from the style with which he approaches his courtship of Mrs. Whitman? Does he seem determined? Shy? Indifferent? How do you think this relates to the loss of his first wife?

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