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. For what reason does Dupin believe Edmund's sister was abducted?

2. When Edmund arrives to rescue his sister, who is trying to take her away?

3. What happened to Poe in real life?

4. What does Poe's style of courting Mrs. Whitman reflect?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the final chase scene in Chapter 21 differ from the rest of the novel?

2. 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?

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 13, of Dupin's imagining that Helen's mothers guests are demons wearing masks of black death?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. What is the turning point Edmund experiences in Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

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

Dupin/Poe tells Edmund that "lies have their own truth." Do you agree? Do you think this is the case only in fiction, or in real life as well?

Essay Topic 3

Keeping in mind that this novel is a work of fiction, do you agree with Poe when he tells Edmund that Sis would have "lived longer" in his story than she could in reality? Do you think Poe himself has in a sense lived longer because of his presence in this novel?

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