The Fall of the House of Usher Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Usher die?

2. What about the facade of the mansion seems contradictory?

3. What does the narrator hear through the noises of the storm?

4. Why does Usher want to wait a fortnight?

5. What does Usher do after shading his lamp's light?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roderick say drives him to despair?

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

3. How does the narrator describe the vault where Madeline's coffin is temporarily laid to rest?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the narrator attempt to calm Roderick?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Fall of the House of Usher. Are these universal symbols that would have the same meaning in any culture? What other symbols could portray the same idea? Why do you think Poe chooses the symbols he does? Consider symbols such as the physical house itself, the mausoleum, the vegetation and even the décor of the house.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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