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 the style of the novel mimic?

2. Where is Edmund reunited with his mother?

3. For what reason does Dupin believe Edmund's sister was abducted?

4. What does Dupin learn at the portrait studio?

5. What does another of the notices say?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?

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

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

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

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

Dupin/Poe tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth." Do you agree? Do you think this is the case only in fiction, or in real life as well?

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 do we learn about Poe from the style with which he approaches his courtship of Mrs. Whitman? Does he seem determined? Shy? Indifferent? How do you think this relates to the loss of his first wife?

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