The Fall of the House of Usher Test | Final 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 style were Usher's paintings?

2. How does Usher die?

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

4. How does the narrator describe the night?

5. What is the impact of Usher's condition on the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator observe about Roderick after Madeline's death?

2. What does the narrator say about Madeline's appearance when he looked upon her before they sealed the coffin lid?

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

4. What does the narrator do in response to his feelings of unease and who joins him?

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

6. What type of struggle is going on within Roderick?

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

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

9. Why is the narrator on his way to the House of Usher?

10. What had Roderick written to the narrator to get the narrator to come visit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trace and analyze the theme of madness or mental illness in The Fall of the House of Usher. Consider the following questions as you write: Examine which characters are sane and which do not seem sane. What are some symbols of madness? How does the madness of the characters relate to the story? How does the madness of the characters move the story along?

Trace and analyze the theme of isolation in The Fall of the House of Usher. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have been affected by isolation? What are the reasons some of the characters are isolated? How does the theme relate to the plot? Could the plot have occurred without the isolation of some of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all stories.

Compare/contrast the characters of Roderick and Lady Madeline. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples. Compare/contrast the characters of Roderick and the narrator. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about what they know, and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the story more interesting.

Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Edgar Allan Poe. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her stories? Why or why not? Give examples. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Poe's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the story and discuss Poe's probable agenda concerning that idea.

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