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by Edgar Allan Poe

Eldorado Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What does "Eldorado" say about the California Gold Rush? Was Poe right in his predictions?
  2. Is it possible that this poem isn't even about the Gold Rush? Why or why not?
  3. What does the poem say about Eldorado? Does it suggest that it ever existed?
  4. What roles does the shadow play, really? Is it scary at all?
  5. How might "Eldorado" reflect Poe's own opinions on happiness? 
  6. How does the fact that the main character is a knight affect the poem?

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