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. When he stops on his way to the cemetery, what does Dupin imagine that he sees?

2. As Edmund is spying on Dupin near the cemetery, whom does he see emerge from the Hotel American House and enter Mrs. Whitman's house?

3. How does Edmund convince Poe to help him find his sister?

4. What does Dupin use to decipher the encoded message Edmund found at Mrs. Whitman's house?

5. What does Edmund do to save his sister?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

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 3

Compare and contract Edmund and Dupin/Poe. Use specific examples from the novel relating to their circumstances, life events, and reactions to these circumstances and events.

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