"The Cask Of Amontillado"

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This is a short quiz to test if you've read "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. The quiz also covers the basic terminology that we will use throughout the semester as you apply the terms to the story. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is the narrator of the story?

    • A.

      Fortunato

    • B.

      Montresor

    • C.

      Luchesi

    Correct Answer
    B. Montresor
    Explanation
    Montresor is the narrator of the story. This is evident from the way the story is told in first person, with Montresor recounting the events and his thoughts and feelings throughout. The story revolves around Montresor's plan to seek revenge on Fortunato, making it clear that Montresor is the one narrating the story.

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  • 2. 

    What is the main setting of the story?

    • A.

      Montresor's palazzo

    • B.

      The town's carnival

    • C.

      Fortunado's palazzo

    • D.

      Montresor's wine vaults

    Correct Answer
    D. Montresor's wine vaults
    Explanation
    The main setting of the story is Montresor's wine vaults. This is where the majority of the story takes place, as Montresor lures Fortunado into the catacombs beneath his palazzo, which house his wine collection. The dark and eerie atmosphere of the wine vaults adds to the suspense and horror of the story, as Montresor carries out his revenge against Fortunado.

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  • 3. 

    What is a theme of the story?

    • A.

      Revenge

    • B.

      Friendship

    • C.

      Loneliness

    • D.

      Reverie and joy

    Correct Answer
    A. Revenge
    Explanation
    The theme of the story is revenge. This means that the story revolves around the concept of seeking vengeance or getting back at someone for a perceived wrong. The plot, characters, and conflicts in the story may all center around this theme, exploring the consequences and motivations behind seeking revenge.

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  • 4. 

    Fortunado states, "the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough." This is an example of:

    • A.

      Character

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Point of view

    Correct Answer
    C. Irony
    Explanation
    The given statement by Fortunado, "the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough," is an example of irony. This is because Fortunado's statement is ironic as he is unaware of the impending danger and his words foreshadow his tragic fate. The irony lies in the contrast between his belief that the cough is insignificant and his eventual death due to the actions of the narrator.

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  • 5. 

    Montresor says, "Come...we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed..." This is an example of what?

    • A.

      Foreshadowing

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Allegory

    • D.

      Tone

    Correct Answer
    A. Foreshadowing
    Explanation
    This quote from Montresor foreshadows that something bad is going to happen to the person he is speaking to. He mentions the person's health being precious and their wealth, respect, admiration, and happiness, but then contrasts it with his own past happiness. This suggests that Montresor is planning something sinister and that the person he is speaking to will soon be in a similar unhappy situation. This quote sets the tone for the dark and ominous events that will unfold in the story.

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  • 6. 

    The Montresor family crest is a golden human foot stepping on a snake that is bitting the heel. What is the motto on the crest?

    • A.

      D mihi factum, dabo tibi ius (Give me the facts, I give you the law)

    • B.

      Timor mortis conturbat me (The fear of death confounds me)

    • C.

      Nemo me impune lacessit (No one wounds me with impunity)

    Correct Answer
    C. Nemo me impune lacessit (No one wounds me with impunity)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Nemo me impune lacessit" (No one wounds me with impunity). This is the correct answer because it aligns with the imagery on the Montresor family crest, which features a human foot stepping on a snake biting the heel. The motto reflects a sense of strength and resilience, indicating that the Montresor family will not tolerate any attacks or harm without seeking justice or retaliation.

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  • 7. 

    How does Montresor kill Fortunato?

    • A.

      Stabbing

    • B.

      Hanging

    • C.

      Immurement

    • D.

      Hits him in the head with a brick

    Correct Answer
    C. Immurement
    Explanation
    Montresor kills Fortunato by immurement, which means trapping him alive behind a wall. This method of murder is revealed in Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado." Montresor lures Fortunato into the catacombs under his palazzo by promising him a taste of rare wine. Once they reach the deepest part of the catacombs, Montresor chains Fortunato to a wall and proceeds to build a brick wall, effectively burying him alive. This method ensures a slow and agonizing death for Fortunato.

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  • 8. 

    Why does Montresor want to kill Fortunato?

    • A.

      Fortunato stole money from him

    • B.

      Fortunato killed his sister

    • C.

      Their families were feuding

    • D.

      The reason is not explictly stated

    Correct Answer
    D. The reason is not explictly stated
    Explanation
    The reason for Montresor wanting to kill Fortunato is not explicitly stated. The question does not provide any information or context regarding their relationship or any specific motive for Montresor's desire to kill Fortunato. Therefore, it is unclear why Montresor wants to kill him.

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  • 9. 

    Before leaving Fortunato, Montresor throws something in the room. What was it?

    • A.

      A torch

    • B.

      A map

    • C.

      A book

    • D.

      A human skull

    Correct Answer
    A. A torch
    Explanation
    Montresor throws a torch in the room before leaving Fortunato. This implies that Montresor wanted to leave Fortunato in darkness and isolation, as torches provide light and warmth. By taking away the torch, Montresor further ensures that Fortunato is left alone and helpless in the dark, emphasizing his cruel and sinister intentions.

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  • 10. 

    How does the story end?

    • A.

      Fortunato screaming that he will have his revenge

    • B.

      Luchesi finding Fortunato's dead body

    • C.

      Montresor saying that no one has disturbed the scene for 50 years

    Correct Answer
    C. Montresor saying that no one has disturbed the scene for 50 years
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the story ends with Montresor stating that no one has disturbed the scene for 50 years. This implies that Montresor successfully carried out his plan to murder Fortunato and has managed to keep it a secret for half a century. The statement indicates that Montresor has been able to maintain his revenge and ensure that no one has discovered his crime.

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