Special Sub-Topic: The Murders in the Rue Morgue
|At the beginning of the story, Poe makes a lengthy comparison between the art of playing chess and playing cards. Which is closest to his observations?|
Chess is a mechanical game which relies mostly on concentration and memory. Card games involve a lot of intangibles and rely on deductive reasoning.. Poe points out that card players can gain a distinct advantage over their opponents by observing their mannerisms, temperaments and tendencies in different situations. He states that chess is a "frivolous" game and that the intellect of chess players is overrated.
|"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is considered to be one of the first of which genre of story?|
Detective story. Although there have been some mysteries and stories in which crimes had been solved, Poe is largely credited for inventing the modern detective story.
|Two women, Madam L'Espanaye and her daughter, Camille, were murdered on the fourth floor of a house in the Rue Morgue. What evidence suggested that the murderer(s) possessed great strength?|
A woman's corpse was shoved feet-first up into a chimney.. The body of Camille L'Espanaye was stuffed so firmly into the narrow chimney that it took several men to pull her down!
|Why was robbery not considered a likely motive for the murders?|
Jewelry and money were left laying on the floor.. Several pieces of jewelry and almost four thousand francs in gold were found scattered about the residence.
|How did the killer(s) evidently gain access to the house?|
Through the fourth story window.. The killer(s) would have had to climb a trellis, swing on a lightning rod, grab the shutter and swing into the room. What a feat!
|There were many witnesses who heard the screams of the women. They also heard two other voices. Everyone agreed that one was the voice of a Frenchman. What did they say the other voice sounded like?|
All of these (A Spaniard, An Englishman, A German). All the witnesses stated that the second voice was that of a "foreigner". A Frenchman thought it was the voice of a Spaniard. An Englishman assumed it was the voice of a German and a Spaniard reasoned that it was an Englishman's voice.
|What was actually unusual about the second voice, that was not of a Frenchman?|
It was not human.. It was the grunts and cries of an escaped orang-utan.
|The murder of the L'Espanayes was never solved.|
f. A Frenchman was actually trying to prevent the murders. He was never charged. The orang-utan committed the murders. This explains the brute strength of the killer and its ability to enter through the fourth story window.
|What was the name of Poe's fictional detective, featured in this and two other stories?|
C. Auguste Dupin. Dupin was also featured in "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter". I think "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is the best of the three.
|What other Poe story mentions "Ourang-Outangs"? This is Poe's spelling and differs from the modern version.|
"Hop-Frog". In "Hop-Frog", there were actually people dressed as orang-utans which came to a horrible end.
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