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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What infects the narrator?
(a) Usher's excitement at being free to leave the estate
(b) Usher's joy that his sister is free
(c) A cut the narrator receives in the bog
(d) Usher's condition

2. What does the narrator say about Usher's countenance after Madeline dies?
(a) It starts showing a little more color
(b) It is terribly sorrowful
(c) It is florid
(d) It is more pallid than ever

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

4. Of what texture is Usher's hair?
(a) Web-like softness
(b) Chopped
(c) Wirily
(d) Coarse

5. What does Usher offer as an example of his belief about plants?
(a) The grasses in the meadows
(b) The wild flowers
(c) The fungus on the walls of the house
(d) The caterpillar's preference for plants

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which work of Swedenborg's does the narrator mention?

3. How does the hero finally get into the dwelling?

4. What color does the narrator say are the floors in the house of Usher?

5. How does the narrator feel about how he is greeted?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator do when he realizes that both twins are dead?

2. What does the narrator say about his friendship with Roderick Usher?

3. How does the narrator find Roderick's mental state?

4. How does the narrator react to Roderick's mood after Madeline's death?

5. Where does Roderick's genius as a painter lie?

6. When does the narrator find he is unable to sleep and upon what does he blame that fact?

7. What do the narrator and Roderick do for one last time before placing Madeline's coffin in the vault?

8. What does the narrator say about the decor of the house?

9. How does Roderick explain his desire to delay the burial of Madeline?

10. How does the narrator throw off his sense of gloom upon approaching the house?

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