Tell Tale Heart

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  • 1. 
                      What sort of prediction is the reader most likely to make after reading these opening lines from “The Tell-Tale Heart”?You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have see how wisely I proceeded. 
    • A. 

      Whether there will be a happy ending

    • B. 

      Whether the narrator is really mad

    • C. 

      Whether the story will be short or long

    • D. 

      Whether the narrator will find true love


  • 2. 
                      Why does the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” kill the old man?
    • A. 

      Because he wanted his money

    • B. 

      Because he couldn’t stand to look at the old man’s eye

    • C. 

      Because he was tired of the old man’s complaints

    • D. 

      Because he wanted the house to himself


  • 3. 
                     By not telling the reader immediately why the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” is sneaking the lantern into the old man’s bedroom, the author creates an element of
    • A. 

      Humor

    • B. 

      Suspense

    • C. 

      Confusion

    • D. 

      Conflict


  • 4. 
                     What can be interpreted from the narrator’s actions in this passage from “The Tell-Tale Heart”? 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.
    • A. 

      He is very frightened

    • B. 

      He is very intelligent

    • C. 

      He is very wise

    • D. 

      He is very cautious


  • 5. 
                     Why does the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” greet the old man so heartily every morning?
    • A. 

      Because he really cares for him

    • B. 

      Out of guilt

    • C. 

      Because he himself is a cheerful fellow

    • D. 

      To reassure the old man


  • 6. 
                      Upon entering the old man’s room on the eighth night, the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” feels
    • A. 

      Unexpectedly frightened

    • B. 

      Unexpectedly powerful

    • C. 

      No different than usual

    • D. 

      A slight chill


  • 7. 
                     In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” what is different about the old man’s reaction to the narrator’s intrusion on the eighth night?
    • A. 

      He is armed.

    • B. 

      He seems unconcerned.

    • C. 

      He wakes up and asks who is there.

    • D. 

      He invites the man to sit down and talk.


  • 8. 
     Which of the following passages from “The Tell-Tale Heart” creates the most suspense?
    • A. 

      I undid the lantern cautiously.

    • B. 

      For a whole hour I did not move a muscle. . . .

    • C. 

      I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart.

    • D. 

      Yes, he has been trying to comfort himself with these suppositions.


  • 9. 
                      What characteristic of the narrator is evident in the following passage from “The Tell-Tale Heart”? I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart.  
    • A. 

      Cruelty

    • B. 

      Sympathy

    • C. 

      Sense of humor

    • D. 

      Excitability


  • 10. 
                      Why does the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” cast a small beam of light on the old man’s face?
    • A. 

      So that he can look at his eye

    • B. 

      To shock him

    • C. 

      So he can make his way over to the bed

    • D. 

      To reassure the old man


  • 11. 
                      What sound is being described in the following passage from “The Tell-Tale Heart”? . . . now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton.
    • A. 

      The distant roar of the ocean

    • B. 

      The narrator’s heart

    • C. 

      The old man’s heart

    • D. 

      The pounding of the police on the front door


  • 12. 
                      In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the gradual increase in the loudness of the noise helps to increase the story’s
    • A. 

      Climax

    • B. 

      Mystery

    • C. 

      Believability

    • D. 

      Suspense


  • 13. 
    The narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart” disposes of the old man’s body
    • A. 

      In a shallow grave dug in the backyard

    • B. 

      In a closet

    • C. 

      Under a pile of old blankets

    • D. 

      Underneath the floorboards


  • 14. 
                       In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the police were summoned to the crime by a neighbor who
    • A. 

      Heard a shriek

    • B. 

      Heard the loud, repetitive thumping

    • C. 

      Saw the whole murder through a window

    • D. 

      Saw the whole murder in a prophetic nightmare


  • 15. 
                       In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the suspense that leads to the confession is expressed most sharply in
    • A. 

      The suspicions of the police officers

    • B. 

      The smooth behavior of the narrator

    • C. 

      The ever-loudening sound of the heartbeat

    • D. 

      The creaking noise coming from beneath the floorboards


  • 16. 
    In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the narrator’s suddenly blurted confession is really due to
    • A. 

      His own guilt over the murder

    • B. 

      His sense of being trapped by the probing questions of the police

    • C. 

      The threat of a beating by the police

    • D. 

      An accidental slip of the tongue


  • 17. 
    In “The Tell-Tale Heart,” which of the following words is closest in meaning to sagacity?
    • A. 

      Capacity

    • B. 

      Quickness

    • C. 

      Wisdom

    • D. 

      Stylishness


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