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. How does Dupin learn that Aunty Pru was told of Edmund's mother's location?

2. Why didn't Edmund want to leave his sister alone?

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

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

5. How are the children feeling when the novel begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Edmund sees Dupin asleep, surrounded by empty liquor bottles, in Chapter Three, what conflict does it bring about it Edmund's thinking?

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

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

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

5. What do you think is Dupin's primary motivation for helping Edmund?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How many mysteries are there in this novel? How do they overlap? Analyze how the clues for solving each mystery are necessary for solving the others.

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

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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