SpringBoard 9 Unit 2.9: "The Cask of Amontillado"
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What is the best word to describe the mood of this story?
eerie or suspenseful
Why does eerie/suspenseful describes the mood of the story?
The story is about Montreso killing Fortunato over an (or several) insult(s).
From what "point of view" is the story told?
First person point of view
How is this an element of Gothic Literature?
Montreso is an unreliable/unstable character.
How are Montresor and Fortunato similar?
They are both wine connoisseurs.
Why did Montresor seek revenge on Fortunato?
He had insulted him.
Where had the stone and mortar, used by Montresor to wall up the entrance to the niche, been hidden?
In the pile of bones
How were the catacombs that Fortunato is led through described as? (in your own words)
The floors were damp, nitre is hanging around the vaults, which means there was bad air quality; there were dead corpses and bodies everywhere
How does the description of the catacombs contribute to the mood of the story?
The setting Fortunato is led through is creepy and he is traveling downwards to the unknown, which makes it suspenseful
Where and when is the story set?
The story is set during the "Supreme Madness" of Carnival
Why is the story's setting where/when it is?
The carnival is the literal joyous celebration of freedom.
As they journey through the catacomb, Montresor and Fortunato move into smaller and smaller spaces. Also, as they travel farther away from fresh air, they are also moving further away from freedom.
Why does Montresor make sure Fortunato has drunk a lot of wine?
He makes sure that Fortunato doesn't know what is happening; he is loopy/drunk
What preparations had Montresor made for his revenge?
He told the guards to go to the carnival, so they wouldn't be at the castle where he brought Fortunato over to; he has a trowel (pointed blade) in his cloak.
Why does Montresor appear concerned about Fortunato's health?
He doesn't want to seem suspicious and he wants to persuade Fortunato to keep going with him.
Describe Fortunato's character.
He's very proud and vain when it comes to wine.
What is the Montresor family motto?
"Nemo me impune lacessti," which means "no one insults me with impunity."
How might Montresor family motto be used to explain the character of Montresor?
This family motto clearly shows what Montreso is doing to Fortunato, and now, he is getting revenge since it states, "with impunity," which means "without consequence.