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The Purloined Letter

The Purloined Letter


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter: Quotes (What Was Said) Quiz

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Q. Who says, "We divided its entire surface into compartments, which we numbered, so that none might be missed; then we scrutinised each individual square inch throughout the premises"?

Minister D—
C. Monsieur—
Barney the Dinosaur
Q. What is the significance of the following quote?: “The pretended lunatic was a man in my own pay."

Dupin stages a deception
G— stages a deception.
S— stages a deception
The Minister D— stages a deception
Q. What is the significance of the following quote?: "The minister decamped, leaving his own letter—one of no importance—upon the table."

The minister severely alters the royal lady's reality at this moment. By switching the letters, he transforms her from free to trapped.
The minister is a liar.
The royal lady is a liar.
There is no significance to this quote. Who cares what Poe thinks?
Q. What is the significance of the following quote?: "It is this possession, and not any employment of the letter, which bestows the power. With the employment the power departs."

If you use the information in the letter, then you've blown all your power.
You should tell someone what's in the letter—and fast.
The letter is not used for glory, but is used to help fellow men.
The letter actually turns out to be a receipt for In and Out Burger.
Q. What is the significance of the following quote?: "For eighteen months the Minister has had her in his power. She has now him in hers." (120)

Assuming that G— gives the letter back to the queen, things have been returned to their original state.
This reveals the Minister’s sinister intentions.
This reveals the troubled state of the world.
This reveals how the characters build each other up.