The Tell-tale Heart Book Quiz Questions

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The Tell-tale Heart Book Quiz Questions

This quiz should test your vocabulary, comprehension, and attitudes toward this short story. Open ended questions will be graded not on your opinions but on how well you argue and formulate ideas. For fill in the blank questions, use your word bank from class to fill in the correct word. The word may be in a different tense from the list. Questions 13-15 will not be graded.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Lately, Sally had been hearing voices in her head from people who were not in the room. She was wondering if she was starting to lose her_______.
  • 2. 
    Tom has been trying his best during soccer practice but it doesn't look like he is going to make the team. Many of the other players _____him.
  • 3. 
    Last night my car broke down. The mechanic tried to get it running again but it has ____ working.
  • 4. 
     Using the correct definition, write one sentence for each word. 1. Audacity 2. Raved 3. Mockery 4. Concealment
  • 5. 
    What was strange about the apperance of the old man?
  • 6. 
    The narrator was rude and violent toward the old man in the days leading up to his death.
    • A. 


    • B. 


  • 7. 
    The police came to the house because....
    • A. 

      The old man had been reported missing.

    • B. 

      A neighbor heard a shriek coming from the house.

    • C. 

      Someone walked by the house and witnessed the murder.

    • D. 

      The house was on fire.

  • 8. 
    Following the below point in the story, write a two (or more) paragraph alternate ending. "Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch's minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers, of my sagacity. I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph. To think that there I was opening the door little by little, and he not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts. I fairly chuckled at the idea, and perhaps he heard me, for he moved on the bed suddenly as if startled. Now you may think that I drew back -- but no. His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness (for the shutters were close fastened through fear of robbers), and so I knew that he could not see the opening of the door, and I kept pushing it on steadily, steadily. I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening , and the old man sprang up in the bed, crying out, 'Who's there?'"............
  • 9. 
    Why is it that the police officers couldn't hear the beating heart? (At least a one paragraph response)
  • 10. 
    Why do you think the narrator killed the old man? (At least a one paragraph response. Make sure to include evidence in making your point)
  • 11. 
    The story is told from which perspective?
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Second person

    • C. 

      Third person

  • 12. 
    Explain in one or two sentences, what happens in each part of the story. Beginning- Middle- Conclusion-
  • 13. 
    What did you like or not like about this story?
  • 14. 
    Would you recommend this story to a friend?
  • 15. 
    The first time you read this story, how many unknown words did you circle.
  • 16. 
    On a scale of 1-10 how much did you like the story? 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.