The Tell-tale Heart Story Quiz

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The Tell-Tale Heart by Allan Poe is a captivating read where the narrator tries to convince us he is sane while confessing to having killed a man he describes as having vulture eyes. Have you had the time to read this book? Take up the quiz below and see if you remember the story accurately. Have fun remising!


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

    Correct Answer
    A. In absolutely no way
    Explanation
    The old man has not wronged the narrator in any way. There is no evidence or indication of any negative actions or mistreatment from the old man towards the narrator. Therefore, the correct answer is "in absolutely no way."

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. He's afraid of robbers.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "he's afraid of robbers." This can be inferred from the fact that the old man has fastened his shutters, which suggests that he is taking precautions to protect himself and his belongings from potential intruders or thieves. The other options, such as being allergic to the night air or being afraid of people seeing into his room, do not provide a logical reason for fastening the shutters. Additionally, the mention of shutters banging open and shut when the wind blows is unrelated to the old man's fear of robbers.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. A spider's thread.
    Explanation
    The narrator compares the lantern's ray falling on the eye to a spider's thread. This comparison suggests that the ray is delicate and thin, just like a spider's thread. It implies that the ray is barely noticeable and seems to hang in the air, similar to how a spider's thread floats in the wind. This comparison helps to create a vivid image in the reader's mind and emphasizes the subtlety and fragility of the ray of light.

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  • 4. 

    The old man can best be characterized as...

    • A.

      Calm and easygoing.

    • B.

      Absolutely fearless.

    • C.

      Pushy and obnoxious.

    • D.

      Nervous and excitable.

    Correct Answer
    D. Nervous and excitable.
    Explanation
    Based on the given options, the old man can be characterized as nervous and excitable. This can be inferred from the fact that the other options like calm and easygoing, absolutely fearless, and pushy and obnoxious do not align with the given description.

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  • 5. 

    How does the murderer get rid of the victim's body?

    • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. He cuts it up and buries it under the floorboards.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He cuts it up and buries it under the floorboards." This answer suggests that the murderer dismembers the victim's body and hides the pieces by burying them beneath the floorboards. This method would effectively conceal the body and make it difficult to discover. Dumping the body into a river or dissolving it in acid would leave evidence behind, while putting it on a departing boat may lead to suspicion if the body is found later. Therefore, cutting up the body and burying it under the floorboards seems like the most logical and discreet way for the murderer to dispose of the victim's remains.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. A watch's ticking.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a watch's ticking." This is an example of sound imagery because it describes the specific sound of a watch ticking. Sound imagery is used to create a vivid sensory experience for the reader, allowing them to imagine and hear the sound being described. In this case, the ticking of a watch can evoke a sense of time passing or create a sense of tension or suspense.

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  • 7. 

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

    • A.

      Loving.

    • B.

      Hateful.

    • C.

      Highly critical.

    • D.

      Coolly respectful.

    Correct Answer
    A. Loving.
    Explanation
    The narrator claims that his attitude toward the old man has always been loving. This implies that the narrator has had a positive and affectionate perspective towards the old man. The use of the word "always" suggests a long-standing and consistent feeling of love towards the old man, indicating a deep emotional connection or bond between them.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. Directly above the hidden corpse.
    Explanation
    The narrator sits directly above the hidden corpse when he lets the police into the old man's room. This suggests that the narrator is trying to hide the fact that there is a corpse in the room by positioning himself in a way that obstructs the view of the police officers. Sitting directly above the hidden corpse allows the narrator to maintain control over the situation and prevent the police from discovering the truth.

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  • 9. 

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

    • A.

      Waned

    • B.

      Suavity

    • C.

      Vexed

    • D.

      Vehemently

    Correct Answer
    C. Vexed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vexed." The word "vexed" means to be greatly disturbed, irritated, or annoyed. In this context, the narrator was greatly disturbed by the old man's eye, indicating that it caused him significant distress or discomfort.

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  • 10. 

    The narrator said, "In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild _____ of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim."

    • A.

      Singularly

    • B.

      Vehemently

    • C.

      Hypocritical

    • D.

      Audacity

    Correct Answer
    D. Audacity
    Explanation
    The narrator's statement suggests that they were feeling confident and triumphant. They brought chairs into the room for their guests to rest, but in their audacity, they placed their own seat directly above the corpse of the victim. This shows a bold and daring lack of fear or respect for the situation, which aligns with the meaning of audacity.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Intelligence
    Explanation
    In this context, the narrator is expressing a sense of pride and satisfaction in his own abilities. The word "sagacity" refers to having keen perception, sound judgment, and wisdom. Therefore, the narrator means that he has never felt the full extent of his intelligence and cleverness before, and he is overwhelmed with a sense of triumph and accomplishment.

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