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. When Edmund sees the corpse at the docks, at the beginning of the story, who does he identify her as?

2. What does Edmund buy for himself and his sister?

3. Who is Throck?

4. When Edward goes to the saloon to buy supplies for himself and Dupin, according to the posted sign, who is offering a reward for the location of Mrs. G. Rachett?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why do you think the author has Dupin tell Edmund that he has certain critical information, but refuses to share it with him?

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

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 3

What is the significance of the story Poe is writing throughout the course of the novel? How does it change, and how do these changes reflect the changes in Poe's character and in his relationship with Edmund?

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