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Grade 8 :: The Tell-Tale Heart by shelleygeorge
What was the low, dull, quick sound that the narrator heard?
  1. his own heartbeat
  2. the old man's heartbeat
  3. his watch
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
Why were the police sent to the house?
  1. someone had seen the narrator
  2. a shriek was heard
  3. an arguement was heard
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
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
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
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
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