The Tell-tale Heart Comprehension Quiz

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The Tell Tale Heart Quizzes & Trivia
A multiple choice quiz based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".

  
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  • 1. 
    How was the man feeling at the opening of the story?
    • A. 

      Nervous

    • B. 

      Hungry

    • C. 

      Angry


  • 2. 
    What sense was acute in the beginning of the story?
    • A. 

      Smell

    • B. 

      Sight

    • C. 

      Hearing


  • 3. 
    Why did the man kill the old man?
    • A. 

      For his gold

    • B. 

      Because of his pale blue eye

    • C. 

      Because the old man wronged him


  • 4. 
    What did the man try to convince he was NOT?
    • A. 

      Mad

    • B. 

      Stupid

    • C. 

      Evil


  • 5. 
    On page 2 the man said the old man was sitting up in bed as he had done night after night doing what?
    • A. 

      Listening to a clock ticking

    • B. 

      Listening to his beating heart

    • C. 

      Hearkening to the death watches


  • 6. 
    What caused the old man to feel the head of the man in his room (in the opinion of the man)?
    • A. 

      The unperceived shadow

    • B. 

      The beam of light

    • C. 

      The creaking door


  • 7. 
    How did the man describe the groan he heard?
    • A. 

      One of pain

    • B. 

      One of grief

    • C. 

      One of mortal terror


  • 8. 
    How did the man feel when he opened the lantern and saw the old man's open eye (page 3)?
    • A. 

      Furious

    • B. 

      Afraid

    • C. 

      Calm


  • 9. 
    How did the man kill the old man?
    • A. 

      By smothering him with a pillow

    • B. 

      By choking him with his hands

    • C. 

      By pulling the heavy bed over him


  • 10. 
    Where did the man put the old man's body parts after he killed him?
    • A. 

      Under the planks in the floor

    • B. 

      In the old man's garden

    • C. 

      In the old man's closet


  • 11. 
    When there was a knock at the door after the old man's death, the man opened the door with a light heart.  Why?
    • A. 

      He had thought up an alibi or cover story for what had happened

    • B. 

      He had a weapon on him

    • C. 

      He thought everything was cleaned up with no evidence of blood.


  • 12. 
    How did the police find out the man had killed the old man?
    • A. 

      A neighbor said he saw the man kill the old man

    • B. 

      The police found the body on their own as they searched the house

    • C. 

      The man shrieked "I admit the deed!"


  • 13. 
    What was the tell-tale heart?
    • A. 

      The old man's heart

    • B. 

      The man's beating heart

    • C. 

      The heart of the unperceived shadow


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