The Fall of the House of Usher Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the "Ververt et Chartreuse"?

2. The throngs in the song laugh, but what do they not do anymore?

3. Of what texture is Usher's hair?

4. What does the narrator say has changed in Usher in a short period of time?

5. Where is the ruler in the early part of the song the narrator records?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roderick explain his invitation to a visit by the narrator?

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

3. What does the narrator think of Roderick's ostensible reason for delaying Madeline's burial?

4. How does the narrator react upon first seeing Roderick?

5. What does the narrator discover when he gets up and bends his ear close to Roderick's mouth?

6. What does the narrator attempt to do for several days, and then what does he conclude about his attempts?

7. What does the narrator notice Roderick doing as they hear a clanging sound at the same time the book mentions the same such sound?

8. How does the narrator find Roderick in the house?

9. How does the narrator feel as he approaches the House of Usher?

10. How does the narrator help Roderick regarding Roderick's deceased sister?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character.

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a story such as The Fall of the House of Usher help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Fall of the House of Usher? Why or why not. Use examples from The Fall of the House of Usher and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss what you think are the characteristics of a successful story and why The Fall of the House of Usher is or is not a successful story based on your criteria. Do you think the criteria for a successful story should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults?

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