The Murders in the Rue Morgue Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Teaching 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' to your high school students can be an exciting adventure in unraveling a mystery. Use these discussion questions to challenge student thinking and spark meaningful conversation.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue Discussion Questions

Edgar Allan Poe's masterful mystery The Murders in the Rue Morgue takes readers on a journey of discovery as a mysterious murder is investigated. With painstaking logic, the main characters unravel the mystery and keep the reader turning pages while they do. Use these discussion questions with your high school students to help them analyze the characters, plot, and themes of this story. Helping them break down each part of the story into its components and piece together how the mystery was solved can be an excellent exercise in deductive reasoning! You can engage students in a whole-class discussion or provide a list of questions to student teams. Additionally, asking students to prepare a written response to one or more of the questions can serve as a summative assessment tool.

  • Note: These questions are designed to be used after students have read this short story.

Questions about Characters

  • The narrator very much admires his friend, Dupin, and his analytical mind. How do you think Dupin feels about the narrator? Use examples to support your answer.
  • How does Dupin's analytical mind help him throughout the story? Provide examples.
  • The two men lived together in a secluded Gothic mansion, virtually cut off from the outside world (with the exception of some night life adventures). Do you think their solitude helped them solve the mystery? Why or why not?
  • Do you think Dupin would have taken such an interest in the crime if he was not acquainted with Le Bon? Why or why not?

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