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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Usher do when Madeline passes through the apartment?
(a) Asks if she is well
(b) Jumps up and hugs her
(c) Cries
(d) Asks her to summon a servant

2. Why does Usher want to wait a fortnight?
(a) Usher is suspicious of the physicians' motives
(b) His sister was greatly loved and many people will want to pay their respects
(c) The moon will be full again
(d) His cousin will have returned for the funeral

3. What does the narrator say about Vigiliæ Mortuorum Secundum Chorum Ecclesiæ Maguntinæ?
(a) It is Usher's chief delight to read
(b) Usher refuses to read it
(c) It was Usher's uncle's guide
(d) It is Madeline's favorite, but Usher abhors it

4. What does the narrator often call Usher?
(a) Misguided
(b) Eccentric
(c) Sadistic
(d) Hypochondriac

5. What colors were the banners that floated on the place the lyrics describe?
(a) Yellow
(b) Red
(c) Blue
(d) Black

6. Where is the narrator first conducted when he enters the house of Usher?
(a) The dining room
(b) The master's studio
(c) The gardens
(d) The room where he would be staying

7. What is the weather like that night?
(a) A full moon and no stars
(b) A steady drizzle with no wind
(c) Mild and clear
(d) Tempestuous

8. For what does Usher think his sister will upbraid him?
(a) His weak constitution
(b) For being hasty
(c) His desire to keep her body from the physician
(d) His belief in the goodness of God

9. How does the narrator say Usher's voice changes after Madeline dies?
(a) He never speaks above a whisper
(b) It is even more husky than it used to be
(c) It assumes a tremulous quaver
(d) It has a lilt to it

10. How does the narrator describe Usher's overall countenance?
(a) As not easily forgotton
(b) As noble
(c) As unmemorable
(d) As commonplace

11. What fell down at the feet of the hero?
(a) A tree
(b) A suit of armor
(c) A shield
(d) A sword

12. What does Usher believe about plants?
(a) They are sentient
(b) They are insidious
(c) They have no value
(d) They are the only thing one should eat

13. In what were the evil things that assailed the monarch's "high estate" dressed?
(a) They were naked
(b) Robes of crimson death
(c) Robes of white and gold
(d) Robes of sorrow

14. What does the narrator believe is odd about Usher's hair?
(a) That it is now the color of Usher's sister's hair
(b) That it is no longer the same color as it was when he and Usher were in school
(c) That it floats around Usher's face rather than lying on the head
(d) That it is now thin and curly when before it had been thick and straight

15. From what does the narrator say his feelings about Usher must arise?
(a) His earlier envy of Rodney's great intellect when they were in school together
(b) A bit of fancy
(c) A dream
(d) His lack of knowing Rodney's family

Short Answer Questions

1. What about the facade of the mansion seems contradictory?

2. How does the narrator describe the lapse into everyday life in his description upon spying the House of Usher?

3. Why does the narrator think he should read out loud to Usher?

4. What does Usher hope to gain from the narrator?

5. What does the narrator do with his horse?

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