The Tell-Tale Heart

11 Questions
The Tell-tale Heart

This is a quiz on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In what way has the old man previously wronged the narrator?
    • A. 

      In absolutely no way

    • B. 

      By cheating him in business

    • C. 

      By humiliating him in public

    • D. 

      By refusing to lend him money

  • 2. 
    The old man has fastened his shutters because
    • A. 

      He's afraid of robbers.

    • B. 

      He's allergic to the night air.

    • C. 

      He's afraid that people will see into his room.

    • D. 

      They bang open and shut when the wind blows.

  • 3. 
    The narrator compares the lantern's ray falling on the eye to
    • A. 

      A raindrop.

    • B. 

      A diving eagle.

    • C. 

      A spider's thread.

    • D. 

      An arrow shot from a bow.

  • 4. 
    The old man can best be characterized as
    • A. 

      Calm and easygoing.

    • B. 

      Absolutely fearless.

    • C. 

      Pushy and obnoxious.

    • D. 

      Nervous and excitable.

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      He dumps it into a river.

    • B. 

      He dissolves it in very strong acid.

    • C. 

      He cuts it up and buries it under the floorboards.

    • D. 

      He puts it on a boat that is departing that very night.

  • 6. 
    An important example of sound imagery in the story is
    • A. 

      A train whistle.

    • B. 

      A watch's ticking.

    • C. 

      The chirping of birds.

    • D. 

      The cascading of water.

  • 7. 
    The narrator claims that his attitude toward the old man has always been
    • A. 

      Loving.

    • B. 

      Hateful.

    • C. 

      Highly critical.

    • D. 

      Coolly respectful.

  • 8. 
    When he lets the police into the old man's room, the narrator sits
    • A. 

      On the bed.

    • B. 

      On the window sill.

    • C. 

      Between the police officers.

    • D. 

      Directly above the hidden corpse.

  • 9. 
    The narrator was ______ by the old man's eye. It disturbed him greatly.
    • A. 

      Waned

    • B. 

      Suavity

    • C. 

      Vexed

    • D. 

      Vehemently

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Singularly

    • B. 

      Vehemently

    • C. 

      Hypocritical

    • D. 

      Audacity

  • 11. 
    The narrator says, "Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers--of my sagacity. I could barely contain my feelings of triumph." What does he mean by sagacity?
    • A. 

      Insanity

    • B. 

      Ignorance

    • C. 

      Intelligence

    • D. 

      Happiness