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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 introducing him to her guests, how does Mrs. Whitman refer to Dupin?
2. What does Mr. Arnold ask Dupin at Mrs. Whitman's home?
3. What kind of book does the person Edmund sees at the cemetery drop?
4. According to Dupin, from whom did Rachett learn about the gold in the vault?
5. While his mother sleeps, what does Edmund ask Poe to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Edmund's character change by Chapter 18, compared to the Prologue?
2. Why do you think Poe drops the remainder of his story on the ground before walking away from Edward for the last time?
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 is it significant in Chapter 19 that Edmund decodes an important riddle while all the adults around him sleep?
5. Why do you think Dupin decides that his work is done after summing up the details of the solved mystery in Chapter 17?
6. What is the importance of the guests' discussion of whether it is possible to read a man's character from his face?
7. 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?
8. 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?
9. What is the symbolism, in Chapter 13, of Dupin's imagining that Helen's mothers guests are demons wearing masks of black death?
10. What is the significance, in Chapter 16, of Edmund throwing himself at a man with a gun?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How do you characterize Dupin/Poe's crime-solving methods? Do you think they are effective? Use specific details from the novel to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
How many mysteries are there in this novel? How do they overlap? Analyze how the clues for solving each mystery are necessary for solving the others.
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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