The Tell-tale Heart Story Quiz

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The Tell-tale Heart Story Quiz

Answer the questions on the Tell Tell Heart by Poe Edgar Allen Poe.


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 narrator imagines the old man's bad eye as the eye of a
    • A. 

      Pig.

    • B. 

      Baby.

    • C. 

      Snake.

    • D. 

      Vulture.

  • 3. 
    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.

  • 4. 
    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.

  • 5. 
    The old man can best be characterized as
    • A. 

      Calm and easygoing.

    • B. 

      Absolutely fearless.

    • C. 

      Pushy and obnoxious.

    • D. 

      Nervous and excitable.

  • 6. 
    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.

  • 7. 
    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.

  • 8. 
    The narrator claims that his attitude toward the old man has always been
    • A. 

      Loving.

    • B. 

      Hateful.

    • C. 

      Highly critical.

    • D. 

      Coolly respectful.

  • 9. 
    An image that signals the approaching death of the old man is
    • A. 

      A broken glass.

    • B. 

      A torn portrait.

    • C. 

      A black shadow.

    • D. 

      A black widow spider.

  • 10. 
    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.

  • 11. 
    The narrator makes his confession to the police because  
    • A. 

      He wants them to show mercy.

    • B. 

      He lapses into a brief period of sanity.

    • C. 

      The sound of the beating heart becomes unbearable.

    • D. 

      He sees that they have figured out what happened.

  • 12. 
    The narrator's nervousness increased his ______ sense of hearing. He could hear really well.
    • A. 

      Refrained

    • B. 

      Acute

    • C. 

      Vexed

    • D. 

      Waned

  • 13. 
    The narrator was ______ by the old man's eye. It disturbed him greatly.
    • A. 

      Waned

    • B. 

      Suavity

    • C. 

      vexed

    • D. 

      Vehemently

  • 14. 
    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

  • 15. 
    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

  • 16. 
    What had the madness done for the narrator's senses?
    • A. 

      Dulled them

    • B. 

      Nothing of note

    • C. 

      Destroyed them

    • D. 

      Sharpened them

  • 17. 
    What was the reason that the narrator killed the old man?
    • A. 

      His gold

    • B. 

      His eye

    • C. 

      he insulted the narrator

    • D. 

      His house

  • 18. 
    During the week before the narrator killed the old man, how did he act towards him?
    • A. 

      Kind

    • B. 

      indifferent

    • C. 

      Cruel

    • D. 

      It never says

  • 19. 
    How long did it take the narrator to place his head into the door so that he could see the old man?
    • A. 

      A half hour

    • B. 

      An hour and a half

    • C. 

      45 minutes

    • D. 

      An hour

  • 20. 
    For how many nights did the narrator look in upon the old man?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      8

  • 21. 
    Why couldn't the narrator kill the old man on the first night?
    • A. 

      The eye was closed

    • B. 

      He didn't have the courage on the first night

    • C. 

      There was someone else in the house

    • D. 

      The old man wasn't asleep by midnight on the first night

  • 22. 
     What did the narrator do by accident-as a result waking the old man?
    • A. 

      He coughed

    • B. 

      He sneezed

    • C. 

      His thumb slipped on the lantern

    • D. 

      He slipped and fell

  • 23. 
    What did the old man cry out when awakened?
    • A. 

      "Who is it?"

    • B. 

      "What was that?"

    • C. 

      "Who's there?"

    • D. 

      "Is anyone there?"

  • 24. 
    What was the low, dull, quick sound that the narrator heard?
    • A. 

      His own heartbeat

    • B. 

      The clock

    • C. 

      His watch

    • D. 

      The old man's heartbeat

  • 25. 
    The beating grew louder--what was the new anxiety that seized the narrator at this point?
    • A. 

      Someone coming in the house to investigate the noise

    • B. 

      There was no anxiety at this time

    • C. 

      The noise waking up the old man

    • D. 

      The sound being heard by neighbors

  • 26. 
    How many times did the old man shriek?
    • A. 

      Three times

    • B. 

      Twice

    • C. 

      Once

    • D. 

      Once

  • 27. 
    After the old man was dead, what was the first thing the narrator did to conceal the body?
    • A. 

      Buried it beneath the floor

    • B. 

      Threw it out

    • C. 

      Hid it in the closet

    • D. 

      Dismembered it

  • 28. 
    What was the next thing he did to conceal the body?
    • A. 

      Threw it out

    • B. 

      Burned it

    • C. 

      Buried it outside

    • D. 

      Buried it beneath the floor

  • 29. 
    Why were the police sent to the house?
    • A. 

      Someone had seen the narrator

    • B. 

      A gunshot was heard

    • C. 

      An argument was heard

    • D. 

      A shriek was heard

  • 30. 
    And finally, what was it that made the narrator confess to the crime?
    • A. 

      His own heartbeat

    • B. 

      The police suspected him

    • C. 

      His ears began to ring

    • D. 

      The old man's heartbeat