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. 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?
Essay Topic 1
Do you think Edmund should have continued to trust Dupin, even though he kept letting him down? Or should he have taken matters into his own hands sooner? Do you think trusting Dupin is a choice or a necessity?
Essay Topic 2
Once the central conflict of Sis's disappearance is resolved, do you characterize Poe's dissatisfaction with it as a twist? Poe makes it clear to Edmund that he believes he can give Sis immortality in his story. Is Poe's lack of reaction to Sis's recovery to be expected, or is it a surprise that adds color and depth to the final moments of the story?
Essay Topic 3
What is the significance of the beginning of Poe's story being identical to the prologue of the novel? What does it say about the relationship between Poe and Edmund? Do you think it is an indication that Poe's association with Edmund changed him?
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