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. How does the narrator describe the window panes?

2. What does the narrator say may have originated in the tarn?

3. What does Usher do when Madeline passes through the apartment?

4. What is one way the narrator said he had been prepared for Usher's present state?

5. What two aspects of the Usher family does the narrator say the peasantry links together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roderick say in reply to the narrator's comment about how Roderick and Madeline resemble each other?

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

3. How does the narrator respond to Roderick's increasing instability?

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

5. What does the narrator say about Roderick's face?

6. What does the narrator say about Roderick's usual habits after Madeline dies?

7. What does Roderick believe he has done to Madeline?

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

9. One is one topic of discussion between the narrator and Roderick that arises from the singing of Roderick's song, "The Haunted Palace"?

10. What is the only instrument Roderick can tolerate hearing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes The Fall of the House of Usher interesting.

Thoroughly discuss and analyze Roderick. What are his strengths and weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he usually likable? Seldom likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas. Use the same criteria to thoroughly discuss and analyze The narrator and Lady Madeline.

Essay Topic 2

Do you think most people want a happy ending in a story? If most people want a happy ending how do you think the ending of The Fall of the House of Usher leaves the reader feeling? What do you think are three reasons to read fiction and do you think The Fall of the House of Usher fulfills these three reasons? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Poe wrote in a different era and culture then the present. Some of the language will seem archaic to modern readers.

Do you think a story or story written so long ago is still relevant to today’s readers? What might make The Fall of the House of Usher a timeless story? Use examples from The Fall of the House of Usher to support your reasoning.

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