Do You Know About Edgar Allan Poe?

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  • 1. 

    What was Edgar Allan Poe deathly afraid of?

    • A.

      Decapitation

    • B.

      Premature Burial

    • C.

      Black Cats

    • D.

      Marriage

    Correct Answer
    B. Premature Burial
    Explanation
    Edgar Allan Poe was deathly afraid of premature burial. This fear is evident in many of his works, where he often explored themes of being buried alive. Poe himself suffered from a condition known as catalepsy, which can cause a person to appear dead while still being alive. This personal experience likely contributed to his intense fear of being buried alive and influenced his writing on the subject.

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  • 2. 

    How old was his first cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm when Edgar Allan Poe married her?

    • A.

      27

    • B.

      13

    • C.

      21

    • D.

      41

    Correct Answer
    B. 13
    Explanation
    Virginia Eliza Clemm was 13 years old when Edgar Allan Poe married her. This age difference may seem unusual by today's standards, but it was not uncommon during that time period. Marrying at a young age was more socially acceptable in the 19th century, and it was not uncommon for girls to marry in their early teens. It is important to note that societal norms and expectations have changed over time, and what may have been considered acceptable in the past may not be viewed the same way today.

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  • 3. 

    In Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", what animal did the narrator use in describing the old man's eye?

    • A.

      Vulture

    • B.

      Ant

    • C.

      Bear

    • D.

      Cat

    Correct Answer
    A. Vulture
    Explanation
    In Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", the narrator used the metaphor of a vulture to describe the old man's eye. This comparison suggests that the eye was ominous and predatory, emphasizing the narrator's fear and paranoia. Vultures are often associated with death and decay, which aligns with the narrator's obsession with the old man's eye and his eventual act of murder. The choice of a vulture as the animal to describe the eye adds to the dark and eerie atmosphere of the story.

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  • 4. 

    What happens at the end of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

    • A.

      The Narrator Confesses

    • B.

      The Murderer Dies

    • C.

      The Heart Explodes

    • D.

      The Victim Comes Back To Life

    Correct Answer
    A. The Narrator Confesses
    Explanation
    At the end of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator confesses. Throughout the story, the narrator has been plagued by guilt and paranoia after murdering an old man. As the story progresses, the narrator becomes increasingly tormented by the sound of the old man's beating heart, which he believes can be heard by others. Unable to bear the guilt any longer, the narrator eventually confesses his crime to the reader, revealing the extent of his madness and the toll it has taken on his sanity.

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  • 5. 

    In Edgar Allan Poe's story "Hop-Frog", who was Hop-Frog's friend?

    • A.

      Fortunato

    • B.

      Doctor Tarr

    • C.

      Trippetta

    • D.

      Ligeia

    Correct Answer
    C. Trippetta
    Explanation
    In Edgar Allan Poe's story "Hop-Frog", Trippetta was Hop-Frog's friend. Trippetta was a dwarf like Hop-Frog and they both worked as jesters in the king's court. They shared a close bond and understood each other's struggles as they were both mistreated and ridiculed by others. Trippetta's friendship provided Hop-Frog with some solace and support in the oppressive environment they lived in.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following movies quoted a line from Poe's "The Raven"?

    • A.

      The Birds

    • B.

      The Shining

    • C.

      The Crow

    • D.

      Carrie

    Correct Answer
    C. The Crow
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Crow. The Crow is a movie that quoted a line from Poe's "The Raven."

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  • 7. 

    What has been mysteriously left on Poe's grave the since 1949?

    • A.

      A Gold Bug

    • B.

      A Book Of Poe's Works

    • C.

      A Rose And A Bottle Of Amontillado

    • D.

      A Rose And A Partial Bottle Of Cognac

    Correct Answer
    D. A Rose And A Partial Bottle Of Cognac
    Explanation
    Since 1949, a rose and a partial bottle of cognac have been mysteriously left on Poe's grave. This tradition is believed to have started by a mysterious figure known as the "Poe Toaster" who would visit the grave on the anniversary of Poe's birthday, January 19th. The rose is a symbol of love and remembrance, while the cognac represents a toast to Poe's memory. The identity of the original Poe Toaster remains unknown, but the tradition has continued with different individuals taking up the mantle over the years.

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  • 8. 

    From which of Poe's poems is the following quote taken: "This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, Lenore!"?

    • A.

      Lenore

    • B.

      A Dream Within A Dream

    • C.

      Dream-Land

    • D.

      The Raven

    Correct Answer
    D. The Raven
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Raven" because the quote mentions the word "Lenore," which is a central theme in Poe's famous poem "The Raven." In the poem, the narrator is grieving the loss of his beloved Lenore and when he whispers her name, he hears an echo saying it back to him. This quote captures the haunting and melancholic tone of "The Raven."

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  • 9. 

    What was the name of Edgar Allan Poe's cat?

    • A.

      Katia

    • B.

      Catherine

    • C.

      Catterina

    • D.

      Kitten

    Correct Answer
    C. Catterina
    Explanation
    Edgar Allan Poe's cat was named Catterina.

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  • 10. 

    What city was Edgar A. Poe in when he died?

    • A.

      New York

    • B.

      Boston

    • C.

      Richmond

    • D.

      Baltimore

    Correct Answer
    D. Baltimore
    Explanation
    Edgar A. Poe was in Baltimore when he died.

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  • 11. 

    What caused the death of Edgar Allan Poe's wife, Virginia?

    • A.

      Cancer

    • B.

      Influenza

    • C.

      Tuberculosis

    • D.

      Smallpox

    Correct Answer
    C. Tuberculosis
    Explanation
    Virginia Poe, the wife of Edgar Allan Poe, died from tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs, causing symptoms such as cough, fever, and weight loss. It is a contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Tuberculosis was a common and deadly disease during the 19th century, and there were limited treatments available at that time. Virginia Poe's cause of death aligns with the historical context and prevalence of tuberculosis during her lifetime.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following Edgar Allen Poe stories/poems was his only real instant hit?

    • A.

      The Black Cat

    • B.

      The Raven

    • C.

      The Tell-Tale Heart

    • D.

      The Pit And The Pendulum

    Correct Answer
    B. The Raven
    Explanation
    "The Raven" is considered Edgar Allen Poe's only real instant hit because it gained immediate popularity and critical acclaim upon its publication in 1845. The poem's dark and haunting themes, along with its unique narrative structure and use of symbolism, resonated with readers and established Poe as a master of the macabre. Its success also helped to solidify Poe's reputation as one of the most influential and innovative American writers of his time.

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  • 13. 

    Which author denigrated Edgar Allan Poe as "the jingle man"?

    • A.

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • B.

      Charles Dickens

    • C.

      Henry David Thoreau

    • D.

      Wilkie Collins

    Correct Answer
    A. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Explanation
    Ralph Waldo Emerson is the correct answer because he referred to Edgar Allan Poe as "the jingle man". This suggests that Emerson had a negative opinion of Poe's writing style, possibly implying that he considered it simplistic or lacking depth.

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  • 14. 

    In the Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Black Cat", what was on the cat's breast?

    • A.

      A Guillotine

    • B.

      A Blade

    • C.

      A Gun

    • D.

      A Wine Bottle

    Correct Answer
    A. A Guillotine
    Explanation
    In "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, the cat's breast is described as having a marking in the shape of a gallows or a guillotine. This symbolizes the impending doom and punishment that the narrator feels for his actions. The guillotine represents the cat's role as a harbinger of death and foreshadows the narrator's own downfall.

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  • 15. 

    In "The Pit and the Pendulum" what did the white candles stand for in the beginning?

    • A.

      White Angels

    • B.

      Snow

    • C.

      Paper

    • D.

      White Devils

    Correct Answer
    A. White Angels
    Explanation
    In the beginning of "The Pit and the Pendulum," the white candles symbolize white angels. This suggests a sense of purity and protection, providing comfort and hope to the narrator who is trapped in a dark and horrifying dungeon. The presence of white angels represents a contrast to the darkness and impending doom, offering a glimmer of light and salvation in an otherwise bleak and terrifying setting.

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