The Edgar Allan Poe Quiz
by Staff
Your spirit will love the eloquence and dismal beauty of this quiz which perches now upon your pallid browser -- 30 questions of formless gloom lurking just beyond the fulsome limit of your knowledge about the author and poet Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe's most famous work is a poem about what kind of bird?

  • a starling
  • a raven
  • an egret

When the Raven enters the narrator's room, it lands on a bust of whom?

  • Odin
  • Sophocles
  • Pallas

When, according to the Raven, will the narrator again see his lost Lenore?

  • nevermore
  • December 4th
  • in 1904

Poe's story "Ligeia" contains what other work of Poe's?

  • "The Conqueror Worm"
  • "A Dream Within a Dream"
  • "Manuscript Found in a Bottle"

What does the Conqueror Worm eat?

  • grain
  • angels
  • mimes

How did Poe die?

  • He was hit by a train in Baltimore -- it may have been suicide.
  • His death occurred under mysterious circumstances, and no one really knows what happened.
  • He was hung after being found guilty of the murder of Clark Johannes Beringer, his literary nemesis.

What was the name of the literary journal Poe was trying to launch when he died?

  • "The Coronet"
  • "The Stylus"
  • "The Raven"

Who committed "The Murders in the Rue Morgue?"

  • an orangutan
  • a sailor
  • a corrupt cop

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is cited as the first story in what popular genre?

  • historical romance
  • gothic horror
  • detective story

What are Prince Prospero and his noble friends hiding from in an isolated abbey hosting a masquerade ball?

  • the Red Death
  • the Angel of the Odd
  • the Black Cat

Who is wearing the Red Death costume at the masquerade ball?

  • no one, the costume is empty
  • Prospero's wife
  • Dr. Lenacci

What happens when Roderick Usher dies?

  • His house collapses and disappears.
  • The narrator is finally freed from his chains.
  • His sister comes back to life.

What happens to Roderick's sister Madeline?

  • She flees to Ireland, breaking Roderick's heart.
  • She is entombed alive, escapes and murders Roderick.
  • She is entombed alive, escapes, then dies.

What is "The Cask of Amontillado?"

  • a locked chest filled with jewels
  • the tomb where Count Amontillado is interred
  • a barrel of wine

How does Montresor kill Fortunato?

  • He slips a small dagger between his ribs.
  • He bricks him up in an underground chamber.
  • He strangles him with the scarf Fortunato is wearing.

What happens to the narrator of "A Premature Burial?"

  • He thinks he is buried alive, but is really just in a cramped cabin on a boat.
  • He's buried alive and wears his fingers to bloody nubs trying to claw his way out of the coffin.
  • He has a fit and dies of fright at the mere threat of being buried alive.

Who is torturing the narrator of "The Pit and the Pendulum?"

  • a vengeful business associate
  • his former lover
  • the Spanish Inquisition

The pendulum threatens to slice into the narrator as it descends, but how does he almost fall into the pit?

  • The walls become heated and close in on him, leaving him nowhere to stand.
  • The floor gradually tilts until he slides toward the pit.
  • He is drugged and barely avoids stumbling into the pit while in a daze.

In "The Tell-Tale Heart," what physical feature of the old man drives the narrator to murder him?

  • his strangely crooked face
  • his vulture-eye
  • his disturbingly long fingers

Why does the narrator hear the beating of the old man's heart coming from underneath the floor boards?

  • That's where he buried the dismembered parts of the old man's body.
  • He believed the old man's soul inhabited the house itself.
  • He felt that the old man had gone to hell after dying.

What name did Poe publish his first book, "Tamerlane and other Poems," under?

  • a Bostonian
  • Henri le Rennet
  • Edgar A. Po

What rank did Poe achieve when he was in the U.S. Army?

  • Private First Class
  • Sergeant Major
  • Corporal

What was the title of Poe's only novel?

  • "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
  • "The Blood Upon the Snow"
  • "The Tale of Samuel George and His Many Weaknesses"

Crimesolver C. Auguste Dupin from "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" turns up again in ""The Mystery of Marie Rogêt" and what other Poe short story?

  • "The Purloined Letter"
  • "The Man of the Crowd"
  • "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether"

How does "The Black Cat" reveal the narrator's guilt in murdering his wife?

  • It torments the murderer every night until, mad from sleep-deprivation, he confesses.
  • It leads police to the bloody axe used to commit the murder.
  • It shrieks loudly from the brick wall where he had hidden the corpse.

What did Poe consider, "the most poetical topic in the world?"

  • twilight
  • the death of a beautiful woman
  • the longing for absolution when a man approaches death

Why does the narrator of "Annabel Lee" think angels killed Annabel?

  • They did it to punish him for killing his first wife.
  • She was herself an angel who had fallen in love with a mortal.
  • They were jealous of how much he loved her.

What metaphor, enshrined in the title of a short story, did Poe use to describe a person's irrational tendency to commit self-destructive acts?

  • "The Angel of the Odd"
  • "The Imp of the Perverse"
  • "The Gold Bug"

True or false: the movie "Inception" is a modernized adaptation of Poe's poem "A Dream Within a Dream."

  • TRUE

In "Hop-Frog," what does the protagonist do to the king and his men?

  • He dresses them as beggars, then convinces the townsfolk that they actually are beggars, then takes their places in the palace.
  • He paints portraits of them that steal their life, leaving each one dead as the portrait is completed.
  • He dresses them in orangutan costumes, then sets them on fire so they burn alive while their friends watch.