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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 Mrs. Whitman tells her guests that Dupin/Poe is?
2. At the end, what does Edmund come to realize about Poe's agenda?
3. According to Dupin, from whom did Rachett learn about the gold in the vault?
4. What does Dupin learn at the portrait studio?
5. What is Dupin surprised to learn that Captain Elias told Edmund?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dupin mean in Chapter 16 when he tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth"?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. Why is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?
6. What can the reader learn about the real-life Poe in this novel?
7. What does Dupin mean in Chapter 14 when he tells Edmund that "the story is over"?
8. Why do both Dupin and Edmund frequently believe they have seen ghosts?
9. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?
10. How does the final chase scene in Chapter 21 differ from the rest of the novel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the process of Edmund's coming of age in the novel. What are the influences that trigger his development? How does he change from a helpless child to a brave, assertive rescuer?
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
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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