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Trivia Quiz - Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic. He was considered part of the American Romantic Movement.

Quiz Number: 4240
Date Submitted: January 06, 2012
Quiz Categories: American Authors
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: patrickryan
Average Score: 57.9 percent
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1. Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of what genre?
  A.   romance novel
  B.   science fiction
  C.   detective
  D.   B & C

2. How was Poe orphaned?
  A.   His father abandoned the family, his mother died.
  B.   His mother abandoned the family, his father died.
  C.   His parents were killed by a murder.
  D.   His parents died of typhoid fever.

3. Where was Poe born?
  A.   Anapolis, Maryland
  B.   Boston, Massachusetts
  C.   NYC, New York
  D.   Albany, NY

4. Where does the name Allan come from?
  A.   From his maternal family's surname.
  B.   From his paternal grandmother's family surname.
  C.   From the people that raised him, but did not adopt him.
  D.   From his adoptive parents.

5. What famous school did Poe attend, but fail to graduate from?
  A.   The Naval Academy.
  B.   The Military Academy at West Point.
  C.   Harvard University.
  D.   Yale University.

6. In 1835, Poe married; what would be considered unusual about the marriage from a modern perspective?
  A.   He married his cousin.
  B.   He married a 13 year old girl.
  C.   He married a man.
  D.   A & B

7. Why was Poe thrown out of college?
  A.   Gross neglect of duty and disobedience.
  B.   Cheating.
  C.   Dissecting a corpse without permission.
  D.   Fornification - Poe was a clergy major.

8. In August 1835, Poe became assistant editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, in Richmond, VA but was discharged within a few weeks for. Why?
  A.   having a gay lover.
  B.   being drunk at work.
  C.   assaulting his boss.
  D.   sleeping in his office.

9. Poe's wife Virginia became gravely ill in 1842; what disease did she have?
  A.   typhoid fever
  B.   syphilis
  C.   tuberculosis
  D.   malaria

10. As editor of the Broadway Journal, Poe alienated himself from other writers by publicly accusing what author of plagiarism?
  A.   David Thoreau
  B.   Nathaniel Hawthorne
  C.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  D.   James Fenimore Cooper®   

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