Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The book's prologue is particularly engaging for its target audience of _____.
2. Where does Edmund take the man he encounters on the street at the beginning of the story?
3. What does Dupin find in the bank vault?
4. What promise does Sis make to Edmund before he leaves her alone in the room?
5. Where does Edmund go to buy food for himself and Sis?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the locked-room mystery engage the reader?
2. How do you think the character Dupin reflects the real-life Poe?
3. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?
4. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?
5. What is the significance of the fact that both Edmund and Dupin have an important person in their lives whom they call Sis?
6. Do you think Mrs. Whitman's breaking off of the engagement directly led to Poe's mysterious death a year later?
7. Do you think Poe is a good choice for a novel about a real life person? Why or why not?
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 do you think the author has Dupin tell Edmund that he has certain critical information, but refuses to share it with him?
10. Do you think Poe is a coward for giving up on marrying Helen because, as he says, too many timid people feel threatened by his power as a writer?
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?
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?
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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