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. Why is the decoded message Edmund found at Mrs. Whitman's house unclear?

2. What does one of the newspaper notices say?

3. When Poe arrives at the scene where Edmund is trying to rescue his sister, how does he say he figured out the meaning of the decoded message?

4. What happens to the ship Edmund's sister was on?

5. What do Poe's actions at the end of the novel demonstrate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dupin mean in Chapter 14 when he tells Edmund that "the story is over"?

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

3. If you were Edmund, how do you feel about Poe's assertion that Sis lives on longer in Poe's story than she does in real life?

4. What is the significance, in Chapter 16, of Edmund throwing himself at a man with a gun?

5. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?

6. 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?

7. Why do you think the author has Poe share his thought process throughout the story, rather than saving all his insights for the end?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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

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

What is the symbolism of Poe's use of a pseudonym? What is the significance of the specific pseudonym he chooses? What are some other examples of his assuming a false identify, and what do these say about his character?

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