The Tell Tale Heart
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In what frame of mind does the narrator consider himself?
In what frame of mind does the listener consider
According to the narrator, what did the mindset do to his senses, and what particular sense?
sharpened or made them acute especially hearing
What caused the narrator's idea to form?
evil eye of the old man
To what was that thing compared?
What color was that thing?
What did that thing do when it fell upon the narrator?
made the narrator's blood run cold
What was different about the narrator's manner during the week prior to the crime/
he had been kinder to the old man during that entire week
What would the narrator do at about midnight?
For eight straight nights, he visited the old man's room and slowly proceeded to thrust in his head before shining a single ray of light from his lantern toward the old man's eye
Why did the narrator proceed slowly?
as to not waken the old man
How long would it take for the narrator to get his head through the passage?
Why did the narrator have to open the lantern cautiously?
because it might creak when he opened it
Where did the narrator direct the ray of light?
to the old man's evil eye
How did the narrator find that object one the light shone there?
On the 8th night, how slowly did the narrator move?
slower than a watch's minute hand
According to the narrator, what caused the old man to move in his bed?
he chuckled at his thoughts of doing his deed
Why was the bedroom pitch black?
the shutters remained closedat night for fear of robbers
What caused the old man to ask a question to the dark?
He heard the narrator's thumb slip on the lantern's tin fastening
How long did the narrator stand still while the old man sat in his bed.
What type of groan did the narrator hear?
a groan of mortal terror
How did the old man seemingly convince himself that nothing serious made the sound?
thinking it may have come from the wind in the chimney or a mouse crossing the floor or a single chirp of a cricket
How thin was the ray of light the narrator let out from the lantern?
as thin as the thread of a spider
Where did the ray of light hit
the old man's evil eye
What sound did the narrator start to hear?
the old man's heart beat - it was actually the narrator's own anxiety
What new anxiety came over the narrator?
the heart beat might be heard by a neighbor
How did the old man react when the narrator barged into the room?
What did the narrator do to the old man, and how?
dragged the old man to the floor smothered him to death with the mattress
How did the narrator conceal his crime?
dismembered the corpse by cutting off the head, the arms and the legs while draining the blood into a tub. He removed three planks from the floor and placed the body pieces between the scantlings, eventually replacing the boards.
At what time did the narrator complete the concealment of his crime?
Who knocked at the door, when and why?
At 4 am, three police officers had knocked because a neighbor reported a scream, and they were deputed to the scene
How did the narrator react to these men, and what did he tell them/
he greeted them calmly and welcomed them. He also told them the scream was his as he awakened from a bad dream. He added that the old man had been away in the country. He showed them through the house eventually bringing them to the old man's room, showing the police that the old man's treasures were in tact and secure
What change came over the narrator, and what did he start doing differently?
He started feeling an uneasiness because his guilt began to rising. He had believed that he heard the old man's heart beat growing louder. His speech pattern changed as he spoke more quickly and more vehemently
What did the narrator think he was hearing?
the old man's heart beat growing louder
What did the narrator think of his visitors and the fact that their demeanor went unchanged?
he thought that they suspected and knew or his guilt and that they were making a mockery of his horror
What did the narrator finally do about his crime, and why?
admitted it because his guilt overtook him
From what point of view was this written?
first person point of view
When was Edgar Allan Poe born, and when did he die?
In what city did he die?
What happened to his mother when he was two?
she died of tuberculosis
What is significant of his middle name?
that was the last name of his foster/adoptive parents
What university did he attend, and why was he withdrawn from school/
University of Virginia because of his gambling debts. Mr. Allan refused to pay for his debts. He also attended West Point.
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