"Edgar Allan Poe � �Purloined Letter� Discussion Questions"
Edgar Allan Poe – “Purloined Letter” Discussion Questions 1) What seems to be Dupin’s attitude toward Monsieur G? (199, 200, 209) 2) Describe Monsieur G’s problem, step by step. 3) What is the IRONY in Monsieur G’s comment that the lady who has engaged his services “left in plain sight” the letter she wanted to conceal? 4) What is Dupin’s advice? How is what he advises different from what Monsieur G interprets it to be? 5) What is the point of the marble game discussion? How does it relate to Monsieur G? How is he similar to the detectives in “Rue Morgue”? 6) What is the point of the “mathematician” discussion? Mathematicians follow formulae to find answers. How does this relate to Monsieur G? How does Minister D outsmart Monsieur G? He knew that M. G would search ________________ He knew that M. G would expect _________________ He knew that M. G would NOT find ______________ He knew that M. G would be convinced that ________________ ERGO – he would get away with his “crime” 7) It is human nature to focus on minutiae rather than on the obvious “big picture” -- we “can’t see the ____________ for the trees.” We are so interested in the trees that we don’t realize the obvious fact that we are in a ____________. 8) How does Dupin solve the crime? He visits Minister D, wearing __________- so that his close observations will not be noticed He sees a suspicious ____________, out of character for Minister D He leaves behind a ___________; later he returns to collect it He arranges for a ______________ He takes the letter and replaces it with a fake.