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 Throck ask Edmund about Poe?

2. What does Edmund realizes about the meaning of the word "Sunrise" in the decoded message?

3. When introducing him to her guests, how does Mrs. Whitman refer to Dupin?

4. What does Edmund see in the mausoleum?

5. What does Dupin learn at the portrait studio?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think the author uses the circular technique of starting Poe's story in a way that is identical to the start 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 is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 13, Poe states that the evil in his writings symbolizes human fears. Having read this novel as well as works by Poe, do you agree? What do you think is the connection between evil and fear? What does Poe's connecting the two concepts tell us about his character?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Edmund should have continued to trust Dupin, even though he kept letting him down? Or should he have taken matters into his own hands sooner? Do you think trusting Dupin is a choice or a necessity?

Essay Topic 3

Once the central conflict of Sis's disappearance is resolved, do you characterize Poe's dissatisfaction with it as a twist? Poe makes it clear to Edmund that he believes he can give Sis immortality in his story. Is Poe's lack of reaction to Sis's recovery to be expected, or is it a surprise that adds color and depth to the final moments of the story?

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