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. While his mother sleeps, what does Edmund ask Poe to do?

3. What does Dupin use to decipher the encoded message Edmund found at Mrs. Whitman's house?

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

5. How do the kidnappers plan to use Edmund's sister?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Why do you think the author has Poe share his thought process throughout the story, rather than saving all his insights for the end?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Chapter 13, Poe states that the evil in his writings symbolizes human fears. Having read this novel as well as works by Poe, do you agree? What do you think is the connection between evil and fear? What does Poe's connecting the two concepts tell us about his character?

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