Tell-Tale Heart
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  • Question 1
    30 seconds
    Q. What is it about the old man that bothers the narrator?
    answer choices
    His personality
    His face
    His home
    His eye
  • Question 2
    120 seconds
    Q.

    The author builds suspense by--

    answer choices

    not revealing what the crime will be

    having the narrator watch the sleeping victim for seven nights in a row.

    having the narrator explain how clever he is

    describing what is done with the victim's body

  • Question 3
    60 seconds
    Q.

    It is difficult to believe the narrator when he says that he

    answer choices

    opened the creaky lantern carefully

    heard the old man groan in the dark

    treated the old man well before killing him

    moved slowly to keep from waking the old man

  • Question 4
    60 seconds
    Q.

    How is the narrator's sense of hearing important to the story?

    answer choices

    He hears the police coming

    The sound of the heartbeat pushes the narrator to kill and confess

    The sound of the heartbeat allows him to plan carefully, very carefully.

    He believes the heartbeat calms him.

  • Question 5
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which detail should be included in a summary of the story?

    answer choices

    The narrator murders the old man.

    The old man was sleeping when the narrator crept in to his room.

    The officers chatted about familiar things.

    The narrator is kind to the man

  • Question 6
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Why is it important that the officers stay so long in the house?

    answer choices

    to show the reader how friendly they are.

    to allow the reader to characterize them as lazy.

    to provide enough time for the old man's body to decompose.

    to provide enough time for the narrator to become upset and confess.

  • Question 7
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What event causes the narrator to confess at the end of the story?

    answer choices

    The constant sound of watch ticking waiting for the police to leave

    The sound of his heartbeat that he believes is the dead man's

    The policemen laugh and mock the narrator in his home

    The neighbors heard a shriek late at night

  • Question 8
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What is the central message of "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

    answer choices

    From love comes sacrifice

    Guilt can drive you mad.

    With murder comes joy.

    Do not trust your elders.

  • Question 9
    60 seconds
    Q.

    By telling this story from the murderer's point of view, the author helps the reader

    answer choices

    recognize the narrator's insanity

    understand the old man's thoughts

    compare both of the character's thoughts

    understand why the police have come

  • Question 10
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The author describes the sound that narrator hears beneath the floorboards as a heartbeat. This is a symbol of what human emotion?

    answer choices

    Happiness

    Anger

    Despair

    Guilt

  • Question 11
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which definition of acute is best used in the sentence?

    His nervousness increased his acute sense of hearing.


    1: demanding urgent attention

    2: characterized by sharpness

    3: experienced intensely

    4: lasting a short time

    answer choices

    1

    2

    3

    4

  • Question 12
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What is the best meaning of vehemently?

    “I talked more quickly – more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased.

    answer choices

    Passionately

    Blankly

    Carefully

    Softly

  • Question 13
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The author most likely used the following expression to--- ?

    “One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture –.”

    answer choices

    Convey the importance of the heartbeat sound.

    To compare the eye to something associated with death – the vulture.

    Personifies the eye so that it becomes a human character.

    Exaggerates the ugliness of the eye to influence the reader.

  • Question 14
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What appears to be the narrator's claim throughout the selection?

    answer choices

    That he did not kill the old man

    That he should not be sent to jail

    That he is not mad

    That the old man had o die

  • Question 15
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which sentence best reveals the narrator's confidence?

    answer choices

    "I smiled - for what had I to fear?"

    "...I now grew very pale."

    "...but the noise steadily increased."

    "Why would they not be gone?"

  • Question 16
    60 seconds
    Q.

    This sentence is most likely used to reveal that the narrator---?


    "And this I did for seven long nights--every night just at midnight--but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work..."

    answer choices

    is unable to sleep at night.

    is obsessed with the eye.

    is eager to kill the old man.

    is a rational man.

  • Question 17
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What character trait does the narrator convey through this sentence?


    "I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle..."

    answer choices

    intelligence

    insanity

    patience

    cruelty

  • Question 18
    60 seconds
    Q.

    In the climax, how do the narrator's feelings contrast with the old man's?

    answer choices

    The narrator is afraid of the old man, and the old man is cruel.

    The narrator loves the old man who is angry at the narrator.

    The narrator is full of rage, and the old man is full of fear.

    The narrator is worried, and the old man is calm.

  • Question 19
    120 seconds
    Q. Which excerpt from the story illustrates the mood of the paranoia?
    answer choices
    " It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain."
    "I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult."
    "Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!- no, no! They heard!- They suspected!- They knew!"
    "I smiled, - for what had i to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome."
  • Question 20
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Through the narrator's experience, the author explores the idea of ---

    answer choices

    those close to you can hurt you

    something small can create a major conflict

    a beating heart lasts forever

    all sins should be confessed

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