The Tell-tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe Quiz

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The Tell-tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe Quiz

An unnamed narrator opens the story by addressing the reader and claiming that he is nervous but not mad. He says that he is going to tell a story in which he will defend his sanity yet confess to having killed an old man. Read the story and take this quiz to see how much you remember about Edgar Allan Poe's tale of madness and murder.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    At the beginning of the story, the narrator says that he is neither interested in money nor revenge.  What about the victim makes the narrator want to kill him?
    • A. 

      His eye

    • B. 

      The constant drumming of his fingers, which sounds like a heartbeat

    • C. 

      The sound of his voice

  • 2. 
    Now that he has decided to kill the old man, what does he do each night?
    • A. 

      Take something of the old man's and hide it, so the next morning the old man would think he was insane.

    • B. 

      Every night, he went to the old man’s apartment and secretly observed the man sleeping

    • C. 

      Stand outside the door and make scary noises.

  • 3. 
    How long did he continue this activity until he decided to kill the old man?
    • A. 

      A month

    • B. 

      A week

    • C. 

      A year

  • 4. 
    When the narrator arrives on the eighth night, what does the old man do?
    • A. 

      Wakes up and cries out

    • B. 

      Pulls a gun out from under his bed

    • C. 

      Goes outside and looks around

  • 5. 
     The narrator understands how frightened the old man is, having also experienced the lonely terrors of the night. Soon, the narrator hears a sound.  What does he think it is?
    • A. 

      The old man’s terrified heartbeat.

    • B. 

      The sound of police sirens

    • C. 

      The sound of the neighbors coming home.

  • 6. 
    The narrator kills the old man.  What does he do with the body?
    • A. 

      Dismembers the body and hides the pieces below the floorboards in the bedroom

    • B. 

      Throws the body in the lake

    • C. 

      Hides the body under the bed.

  • 7. 
    What time does the narrator finish hiding the body?
    • A. 

      Three O'clock

    • B. 

      Four O'clock

    • C. 

      Five O'clock

  • 8. 
    Now, the narrator hears a knock at the door.  It is the police.  Why are they there?
    • A. 

      They are investigating several disappearances in the neighborhood.

    • B. 

      A neighbor has heard the old man shreik

    • C. 

      They are askIng about a fight in the area.

  • 9. 
    At first, the narrator isn't afraid - he leads the police all over the house.  But suddenly he gets nervous.  What does he hear?
    • A. 

      The beatIng of a heart

    • B. 

      The drumming of fingers

    • C. 

      The old man's cries

  • 10. 
    The narrator confessed to the  murder because he thought he heard the beating of his victim's heart.  What was he probably really hearing?  
    • A. 

      The footsteps of the police

    • B. 

      The beating of his own heart

    • C. 

      The sound of rain