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

2. Who does Dupin tell Edmund that Rachett has killed?

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

4. When introducing him to her guests, how does Mrs. Whitman refer to Dupin?

5. What does seeing himself in Edmund lead Poe to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. If you were Edmund, how do you feel about Poe's assertion that Sis lives on longer in Poe's story than she does in real life?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the role of setting in the novel. Think about the various specific locations where the characters are found. What do they have in common? How do they contribute to the mood of the novel? How do they bring the novel to life visually? How do they reflect the characters' inner journeys?

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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