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Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
At the end of the play, the sound the main character hears could be any of the following EXCEPT:
  1. the old man's heart continuing to beat.
  2. his own heartbeat.
  3. his imagination.
  4. his guilty conscience.
Grade 7 The Tell-Tale Heart
Read this line from "The Tell Tale Heart". "He shrieked once...I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the bed over him. I SMILED GAILY, to find the deed so far done."

Why did the narrator say "I smiled gaily"?
  1. the narrator was happy with what happened
  2. the narrator was satisfied that the old man was dead
  3. the narrator was upset at what he had done
  4. both a and b
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
Grade 6 The Tell-Tale Heart
What about the old man drove the narrator mad?
  1. all his money
  2. his vulture eye
  3. his cruelty
  4. his silver hair
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
Who is the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart"?
  1. Charles Dickens
  2. Edgar Allen Poe
  3. Ebenezer Scrooge
  4. Jacob Marley
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
What is the genre/subgenre of "A Tell-Tale Heart?"
  1. fiction/adventure
  2. fiction/short story
  3. non-fiction/biography
  4. fiction/fantasy
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
Grade 7 The Tell-Tale Heart
Why couldn't the narrator kill the old man on the first night?
  1. the eye was closed
  2. the narrator didn't have the courage the first night
  3. there was someone else in the house
  4. the old man wasn't asleep by midnight the first night
Grade 8 The Tell-Tale Heart
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
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
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
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