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. Into whose dwelling is the hero of Trist trying to enter?

2. Who is the hero of Trist?

3. Of what does the narrator suggest the MS. he receives gives evidence?

4. What is the source of the lighting in the painting the narrator describes?

5. What feelings arise in the narrator while first gazing upon Usher?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator say about African Satyrs and Aepipans?

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

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

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

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

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

9. According to Roderick, what impact does the sentience of the plants around the House of Usher have on the Usher family?

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

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

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 was a literary critic as well as a writer. He claims a story must concentrate on a single effect.

What is the single effect in The Fall of the House of Usher and how is this effect evident in the characters, the setting and the symbolism?

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