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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. How long does Usher want to keep Madeline's body before burial?
(a) He wants to burn the body
(b) A fortnight
(c) He wants to have the body lie in state in the church for three days
(d) Only the same night

2. How does the narrator describe the night?
(a) Serene
(b) Torpid
(c) Deceptive
(d) Beautiful though stern

3. What does the narrator describe Usher as seeming to pour forth as if it were "an inherent positive quality"?
(a) His fascination with his sister's illness.
(b) Darkness from Usher's mind
(c) The story of his parents' individual deaths
(d) Gossip about their fellow students.

4. What does the narrator say overtakes him as he watches Lady Madeline leave?
(a) The desire to save her
(b) Embarrassment
(c) Stupor
(d) The desire to run out of the house

5. What happens to the physical structure of the House of Usher?
(a) It is hurled into the heavens
(b) It is left to rot
(c) It burns down
(d) It sinks into the tarn

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the "grim phantasm"?

2. How does the narrator describe Usher's ideality?

3. To what does the narrator say Usher seems to be listening?

4. How often is it likely that the narrator will see Madeline in the future?

5. Who wrote the book that the narrator picks up to soothe Usher?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator think the vault was used in more recent times to store gunpowder?

2. For what purpose and when was the vault used in previous times?

3. How does the narrator attempt to calm Roderick?

4. Who is at the door when it flies open and what does the person do?

5. What does the narrator regularly observe Roderick doing after Madeline's death?

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

7. What changes about Roderick's voice in the days following Madeline's death?

8. What is the significance of the small volume titled “Directorium Inquisitorium,” by the Dominican Eymeric de Gironne?

9. Why is the narrator unable to shake off his feelings of uneasiness the night of the storm?

10. What seems to be happening in "real" time as the narrator reads?

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