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. What does Edmund see in the mausoleum?

3. What is in the prologue of Poe's story?

4. What truth does Edmund demand of Poe before they part ways?

5. At the tavern, what does Throck tell Edmund?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?

3. Do you think Poe is a coward for giving up on marrying Helen because, as he says, too many timid people feel threatened by his power as a writer?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Keeping in mind that this novel is a work of fiction, do you agree with Poe when he tells Edmund that Sis would have "lived longer" in his story than she could in reality? Do you think Poe himself has in a sense lived longer because of his presence in this novel?

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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