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. This novel combines _____.

2. When Edmund follows Dupin to see if he will meet Mrs. Whitman in the cemetery, Dupin first goes into a _____.

3. What does Poe tell Edmund about his sister at the end of the story?

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

5. What does one of the newspaper notices say?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the symbolism in Chapter 19 of Poe's belief upon seeing Edmund and his mother that his characters have come to life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the characters frequently think they see ghosts throughout the novel? What do the ghosts symbolize? What is the significance of the fact that these characters generally realize immediately that ghosts don't really exist?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What are the various ways in which real life and fiction intermingle in this story? What do you think the author is saying about the nature of realism and fantasy?

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