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 bring with him to rescue his sister?

2. At the end of the story, how has Edmund changed?

3. According to Dupin, from whom did Rachett learn about the gold in the vault?

4. What does Dupin admit to Edmund about himself?

5. What does Dupin learn at the portrait studio?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. How do you think Edmund felt upon reading the beginning of Poe's story, and seeing the name "Edgar" changed to "Edmund"? Do you think it made him regret having torn up the rest of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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