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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. At the beginning of the story, how long have the children been alone?

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

3. What does Dupin want Edmund to find out at the docks?

4. What is the only item missing after Edmund's room is ransacked?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think the story would be as effective if it were set in a different time period?

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

3. Why do you think Edmund continues to trust Dupin, even after reading in Dupin's notebook in Chapter Nine that Dupin thinks his story should end with Sis' death?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 13, the guests discuss whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face. Do you think they are accurately describing Dupin's approach to crime solving? For example, does Dupin/Poe attempt to discern whether a man is honest simply by looking at him? Do you think you can generally "judge a book by its cover", or is more probing required to get to the truth?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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