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Grade 8 The Black Cat
What happens to the narrator?
  1. He ends up having a nervous breakdown.
  2. He dies of heart failure.
  3. He ends up in prison.
Grade 8 The Black Cat
Where was the missing cat found?
  1. in a cellar closet
  2. hiding under the porch
  3. behind the cellar wall
Grade 9 The Black Cat CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.9-10.3

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What causes some of the narrator's madness?
  1. A rare illness
  2. Alcohol
  3. His wife
  4. A poor childhood
Grade 8 The Black Cat

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Probing for Theme:
Read the three thematic statements below. Which one best applies to "The Black Cat"?
  1. Often there is a perverseness in human nature which seems to delight in doing wrong, for no other reason than because it is wrong.
  2. Cruelty to nature will be avenged.
  3. Forces of evil are often unleashed by degeneracy.
Grade 8 The Black Cat
The narrator:
  1. kills his wife in a temper because she defends the cat
  2. becomes an arsonist, destroying his neighbors' homes
  3. finally decides he must reform his life
Grade 8 The Black Cat
At the end, the cat:
  1. calls the attention of the police to the narrator's crime
  2. is killed by the narrator
  3. wins the real affection of the man
Grade 8 The Black Cat
The narrator seeks another cat, takes it home and finds:
  1. that it seems to love him very much
  2. that it is beginning to take on haunting characteristics of the previous pet
  3. both of these
Grade 7 The Black Cat
What happened at the end?
  1. the police smelled something
  2. a noise was heard from within the wall
  3. a white cat came in, led the police to the wall
  4. the narrator confessed
Grade 7 The Black Cat
What was weird about the new cat?
  1. it was missing an eye
  2. it was missing a leg
  3. it was missing its teeth
  4. it was missing a tail
Grade 7 The Black Cat
Who or what did the narrator kill with the axe?
  1. his dog
  2. his rabbit
  3. his wife
  4. his cat
Grade 7 The Black Cat
Where did the narrator put the person or thing that he killed with the axe?
  1. the sewer
  2. the wall in the den
  3. the well
  4. the wall in the cellar
Grade 8 The Black Cat

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The narrator, enraged at the treatment he is receiving:
  1. cuts his cat's eye out
  2. sets fire to his home
  3. turns himself in for treatment
Grade 8 The Black Cat

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That night:
  1. the narrator finally feels a sense of permanent peace
  2. the house catches fire
  3. his wife reproaches him for his sick behavior
Grade 7 The Black Cat

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What had the narrator hung in the garden?
  1. the rabbit
  2. the dog
  3. the cat
  4. the narrator's wife
Grade 8 The Black Cat

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Following this incident, neighbors note:
  1. how much the man's wife is suffering
  2. the great improvement in the man
  3. the impression of a cat on the bedroom wall
Grade 7 The Black Cat

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What was specifically caught on fire in the story?
  1. the narrator's wife
  2. the narrator's coat
  3. the rug
  4. the curtains
Grade 7 The Black Cat
What animal did the narrator cut the eye out of?
  1. the cat
  2. the rabbit
  3. the rat
  4. the dog
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