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. What does Edmund bring with him to rescue his sister?

3. What is lost from the ship besides the two men aboard?

4. What does Dupin admit to Edmund about himself?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the beginning of Poe's story being identical to the prologue of the novel? What does it say about the relationship between Poe and Edmund? Do you think it is an indication that Poe's association with Edmund changed him?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Edmund initially chooses to trust a stranger rather than going to the authorities? What is it about Dupin that makes him believe he is helpful? What would you do in Edmund's in place?

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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