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Tell-Tale Heart Story
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What prediction is most likely made after reading these opening lines? "You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded..."
whether the narrator is really mad
Why does the narrator kill the old man?
because he couldn't stand to look at the old man's eye
By not telling the reader immediately why the narrator is sneaking the lantern into the old man's bedroom, the author creates an element of...
What can be interpreted from the narrator's actions in this passage? "I moved...slowly-very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man's sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed."
he is very cautious
Why does the narrator greet the old man so heartily every morning?
to reassure the old man
Upon entering the old man's room on the eighth night, the narrator feels...
What is different about the old man's reaction to the narrator's intrusion on the eighth night?
he wakes up and asks who is there
Which passage creates the most suspense?
"For a whole hour I did not move a muscle..."
What characteristic of the narrator is evident in the following passage? "I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart."
Why does the narrator cast a small beam of light on the old man's face?
so that he can look at his eye
What sound is being described in the following passage? "...now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton."
the old man's heart
The gradual increase in the loudness of the noise helps increase the story's...
The narrator disposes of the old man's body...?
underneath the floorboards
The police were summoned to the crime by a neighbor who...?
heard a shriek
The suspense that leads to the confession is expressed most sharply in...?
the ever-loudening sound of the heartbeat
The narrator's suddenly blurted confession is really due to...?
his own guilt of the murder
What is the setting of the story?
The house, the bedroom, the mind of the narrator
Why is this story Gothic?
anxiety, murder, and mayhem
The beating heart is a symbol of...?
the narrator's quilt
What is the genre of this story?
What is the mood at the beginning of the story?
Why does the narrator let the police search the house?
he feels they will find nothing
What literary movement was Poe a part of?
Which of his senses does the narrator think are heightened?
sense of hearing
In the 1840s mental illness was thought to be...?
related to immoral behavior
The narrator simultaneous feels...?
love for himself and hatred for his rival
Who said "It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain..."?
What perplexed the Narrator?
the evil eye
Who are being described? "They knew! They heard! They suspected"?
What had been heard by the neighbor?
Something sparks our curiosity and forces us to follow the Narrator through the maze of his mind. Which theme is this?
versions of reality
The main character promises us a tale of...?
cunning and cleverness
the story is obsessed with...?
the story deals with the fear of death and dying. Which theme is this?
the old man's eye is covered with...?
the old man might have...?
the bodyguard for the eye is...?
what animals prey on the dead?
what is mentioned 4 times in the story?
how many nights in a row does the narrator go into the old man's room?
what happens on the 8th night?
the old man is killed
where is the body hidden?
under the floorboards
what makes the narrator confess his crime?
his sense of guilt
what makes the story gothic?
anxiety, mayhem, and murder
the end of the story takes place...?
before the beginning
what is the setting?
in a house, a bedroom, and the narrator's mind
"He shrieked once...I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the bed over him. I smiled gaily, to find the deed done..." Why did the narrator say "I smiled gaily"?
he was happy with what happened and satisfied the old man was dead
when the old man groaned, the speaker said it was a groan of...?
what effect is Poe creating by having the narrator watch the old man sleep for 8 days before the murder?
what is the sound of the heartbeat compared with?
a watch wrapped in cotton
why can't the narrator kill the old man before the 8th night?
because the eye is closed
why are the police allowed to search the house?
the narrator is confident they will not find anything
why does the narrator move very slowly when he opens the old man's bedroom door?
he didn't want to old man to awaken and he was crazy
the old man dies as a result of...?
what movement of writing was Poe considered to be a part of?
American Romantic Movement
Poe invented what genre of writing?
tales of mystery and macabre
what happened to Poe's parents
mother died and father abandoned him
what caused Poe's death?
alcohol and drugs
how does the narrator justify his actions?
he is a helpless creature threatened by a hideous scavenger
the narrator reveals his madness by...?
attempting to separate the person of the old man from his evil eye
what does the narrator think of the police?
they are villains
the narrator's obsession with telling his audience that he is sane amplifies his lack of...?
whose point of view is the story told from?
who is the protagonist?
in the 1840s mental illness was thought to be...?
related to immoral behavior
this story explores the..?
dark side of human nature and cruelty and torture
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