The Purloined Letter
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Purloined Letter: Themes Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Purloined Letter? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is one of the main features of deception in The Purloined Letter?
It puts the position of the detectives, sifting through evidence to get to the truth in a world that doesn't much value it.
The deception reveals the crafty up-building imagination of human nature.
There is no deception in The Purloined Letter.
The deception creates hilarious scenes.
Q. How does The Purloined Letter challenge perspectives of reality?
The Purloined Letter demonstrates that reality can be manipulated through lies and deceit to the extent that “reality” ceases to have a stable meaning.
Through the use of pink elephants.
Through psychedelic imagery.
Through illusory fantasies that challenge the traditional right/ wrong paradigm
Q. How does The Purloined Letter reveal the abuse of power?
All of the characters use their power for their own personal, political, or financial agendas.
None of the characters have power; therefore its abuse is clearly exerted over them.
The story reveals how power is an unattainable illusion.
The power of the dark side overrides all virtue.
Q. How does The Purloined Letter challenge traditional virtues of rules and order?
Through the use of rebellion
The Purloined Letter does not challenge traditional virtues of rules and order but reinforces them.
By presenting a society where rules, politicians, police, and private detectives depend on deception.
An escaped convict points out the necessity for strict laws.