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Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
Why does the narrator let the police officers freely search the house?
  1. the officers are old friends
  2. the officers have a warrant
  3. the narrator is confident they will not find anything
  4. none of the above
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
The narrator claims repeatedly that he is not:
  1. hungry
  2. anxious
  3. mad
  4. happy
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
Why is the narrator unable to kill the old man before the eighth night?
  1. He is trying to wait until the old man dies of natural causes.
  2. He waits until he sees the eye because it is the eye that makes him want to kill the old man
  3. He is afraid of being caught
  4. none of the above
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by morantoys
Occasionally in a short story, an author will use a literary element such as foreshadowing. In a detailed essay, identify examples where foreshadowing the climax or ending of the story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" was used by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • The beating of his heart grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder.
    I smiled. The deed was done. For many minutes his heart beat on with a muffled sound. ..Finally it stopped, and the old man was dead.
    I put my hand on his head and held it there many minutes-no heart beat.
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
The beating grew louder--what was the new anxiety that seized the narrator at this point?
  1. he had no anxiety
  2. the sound being heard by neighbors
  3. someone coming to the house
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
On the eighth night, the narrator awakens the old man. What happens next?
  1. The narrator immediately carries out his plan
  2. The old man sits awake in fear for many hours.
  3. The narrator finds himself consoling the old man and gets him back to sleep.
  4. none of the above
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
What explanation does the narrator offer in place of the idea that he is mad?
  1. lack of sleep
  2. psychic powers
  3. overly sharpened senses
  4. hallucinations
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
Where does the narrator hide the body?
  1. in the cellar
  2. in a nearby cemetery
  3. in the backyard
  4. under the floor boards of the bedroom
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
What specifically is it about the old man that troubles the narrator?
  1. he is too old
  2. his vulture ear
  3. his evil eye
  4. he is mean to him
Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
How does the old man die?
  1. he is chopped up
  2. he is suffocated by a bed
  3. he is buried in the floor
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