The Man Who Was Poe Test | Final 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. What does Edmund see on the tavern wall?

2. What does Throck ask Edmund about Poe?

3. What does Dupin NOT tell Edmund about Arnold's classified ad?

4. What does Dupin tell Edmund about Mr. Arnold?

5. What does Poe believe when he first sees Edmund with his mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do you think Dupin decides that his work is done after summing up the details of the solved mystery in Chapter 17?

3. Why do you think the author has Edmund's mother demand both the divorce and her money, rather than just being satisfied with a divorce, when she first encounters her husband?

4. Why do you think Edmund makes the final decision to tear up Poe's story before going to the docks to rescue Sis?

5. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Poe's belief upon seeing Edmund and his mother that his characters have come to life?

6. Why do both Dupin and Edmund frequently believe they have seen ghosts?

7. What is the turning point Edmund experiences in Chapter 14?

8. Why is it significant in Chapter 14 that Edmund first begins to doubt Dupin's detective skills after talking to Captain Elias?

9. What does Dupin mean in Chapter 16 when he tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth"?

10. Do you think Poe is able to make up his own mind whether or not to root for Edmund's happiness, or does his nature force him to hope for the worst?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Describe the role of setting in the novel. Think about the various specific locations where the characters are found. What do they have in common? How do they contribute to the mood of the novel? How do they bring the novel to life visually? How do they reflect the characters' inner journeys?

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