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. While Dupin is at Mrs. Whitman's home, what does Captain Elias tell Edmund at the docks?

2. What does the style of the novel mimic?

3. What does Edmund see on the tavern wall?

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

5. How does Edmund escape his pursuer at the docks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Edmund's grabbing Poe's story and threatening to rip it up if Poe does not help him?

4. What is the symbolism, in Chapter 13, of Dupin's imagining that Helen's mothers guests are demons wearing masks of black death?

5. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?

6. How does the final chase scene in Chapter 21 differ from the rest of the novel?

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

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

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

10. What can the reader learn about the real-life Poe in this novel?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

How do you characterize Dupin/Poe's crime-solving methods? Do you think they are effective? Use specific details from the novel to support your answer.

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