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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator think he should read out loud to Usher?
(a) It will have a calming effect
(b) To lighten the narrator's mood
(c) To keep the narrator from dashing outside.
(d) To distract the narrator from the moaning sounds

2. Between what two poles does Usher's actions alternate?
(a) Childish delight and scorn
(b) Vivaciousness and sullenness
(c) Kindness and cruelty
(d) Begging and condescension

3. What does Usher try to overcome in the presence of the narrator according to the narrator?
(a) Usher's nervous agitation
(b) The sorrow Usher felt when the narrator's sister rejected his marriage proposal
(c) The rancor the two men felt when they last parted
(d) The resentment Usher had always held toward the narrator for the narrator's superior mind

4. How does the narrator know Usher is not asleep?
(a) Usher's eyes are wide open
(b) Usher is pacing even though his eyes are closed
(c) Usher is mumbling to himself
(d) Usher is humming

5. What is one thing the narrator says Roderick Usher writes about to him?
(a) A problem with his inheritance
(b) A legal problem
(c) An upcoming marriage
(d) Grievous physical illness

6. What does the narrator do with his horse?
(a) Ties it to a post
(b) Turns it loose in the pasture
(c) Hands it over to a servant
(d) Unsaddles and grooms it and leaves it in a stall

7. What does the hero of Trist find instead of the hermit?
(a) A dragon
(b) An eagle
(c) A cat
(d) A crow

8. What feelings arise in the narrator while first gazing upon Usher?
(a) Terror
(b) Anger
(c) Pity and awe
(d) Bitterness and curiosity

9. How does the narrator feel when Usher's sister comes through the apartment where Usher and the narrator are?
(a) Dread
(b) Tongue-tied
(c) Admiration
(d) Spiteful

10. How does the narrator explain what the two men witnessed when looking out the window?
(a) Electrical phenomena
(b) God's vengeance
(c) The end of all hope
(d) Satan's hand of evil

11. Whose last waltz does the narrator hold a painful memory?
(a) Mozart
(b) Von Weber
(c) Strauss
(d) Usher's own

12. What happens one night when the narrator goes to bed about eight days after Madeline has died?
(a) The narrator suffers all night with fits of nervousness
(b) Usher moans all night
(c) The doors and windows open and close on their own
(d) The house shakes as if in an earthquake

13. What style were Usher's paintings?
(a) Religious motifs
(b) Naturalistic
(c) Realistic
(d) Abstractions

14. What passages in the Pomponius Mela was interesting to the Usher?
(a) About African Satrys
(b) About the Illuminati
(c) About the Egyptian afterlife
(d) About the death of Christ

15. What sort of activities do Usher and the narrator do together over the next few days?
(a) Fencing and fox hunting
(b) Painting and reading
(c) Wild boar hunting
(d) Playing the harpsichord and singing

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides books, what else were scattered about in the room?

2. From what does the narrator say his feelings about Usher must arise?

3. How does the narrator describe the small pond near the house?

4. Who first occupies the place the lyrics describe?

5. What is the narrator later unable to convey about the time he spent with Usher?

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