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The Tell-Tale Heart

Quiz by Corbel, Kimberly

Grade 8
English Language Arts
Common Core

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Measures 5 skills from
Grade 8
English Language Arts
Common Core

RL.8.6
RL.8.3
L.8.4.C
RI.8.3
RL.8.1

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  • Q1

    Which sentence best explain how Poe creates irony in the story?

    The narrator admits that he could not stop thinking about the old man and about hispale, filmy eye.

    The narrator’s neighbor hears the old man shriek and summons the police out of concern for his safety.

    The narrator's attempts to hide the murder actually result in him giving himself up to the police.

    The narrator chooses to commit the murder in the middleof the night, when the old man is asleep.

    300s
    RL.8.6
  • Q2

    How does the narrator’s mention of his sharpened sense of hearing in paragraph 1 foreshadow the old man’s death?

    It foreshadows the narrator’s decision to murder the old man partly due to his loud voice.

    It foreshadows the time when the old man’s sleep is disturbed by the narrator at the door.

    It foreshadows the point when the old man’s heartbeat drives the narrator to kill him.

    It foreshadows the narrator’s ability to hear the police coming to check on the old man.

    300s
    RL.8.3
  • Q3

    Read the dictionary definition below.

                                acute \ə-kyoot´\adj 1. sharp or severe 2. keenly perceptive 3. less than ninety                                          degrees 4. high in pitch

    Which definition best fits how the word acute is used in paragraph 1?

    Definition 2

    Definition 3

    Definition 1

    Definition 4

    300s
    L.8.4.C
  • Q4

    Read the excerpt from paragraph 2.

                   I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film                   over it. When ever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold. . . .

    How does the author create suspense in this excerpt?

    By describing how unhealthy the old man looks to the narrator

    By identifying the source of the narrator’s irrational fear

    By explaining why the narrator wants to avoid the old man

    By repeating words to emphasize the narrator’s skill as a criminal

    300s
    RI.8.3
  • Q5

    In paragraph 4, the narrator describes going to the old man’s room every night around midnight. Why is he unable to commit the murder for the first seven nights?

    He needs to have more light in order to see his victim.

    He cannot sneak into the room because the old man is a restless sleeper.

    He wantsto be merciful, so he gives the old man a few more days to live.

    He cannot see the old man’s eye, so he lacks the motivation to act.

    300s
    RL.8.3
  • Q6

    The author creates suspense in paragraph 4 by —

     

     

    showing the narrator’s repetitive actions

    explaining the narrator’s reasons for the murder

     

    having the narrator repeat the old man’s words

    describing the narrator’s anxiety and fear

    300s
    RL.8.3
  • Q7

    In paragraphs 14–15, the narrator’s tone in describinghis cleanup and first encounter with the police is one of —

    confidence

    melancholy

    anxiety

    indifference

    300s
    RI.8.3
  • Q8

    The use of a first-person narrator in the story —

    allows readers to understand each character’s viewpoint

    helps explain how the characters are related to each other

    illustrates how the old man treats the narrator from day to day

    gives readers insight into the narrator’s unstable state of mind

    300s
    RL.8.6
  • Q9

    After murdering the old man, the narrator becomes convinced that he can still hear the man's heartbeat. What does this beating heart symbolize or represent?

    The heartbeat symbolizes the narrator's relief that the old man is dead. 

    The heartbeat symbolizes the narrator's conscience. 

    The heartbeat symbolizes the evil eye.

    The heartbeat symbolizes the old man's heart beating.

    300s
    RL.8.1
  • Q10

    Select the reason that matches each line from the story with the idea it best supports.

    Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. (paragraph 2)

    The murder does not have a traditional motive.

    The narrator cannot escape his guilty conscience.

    300s
    RL.8.6
  • Q11

    Select the reason that matches each line from the story with the idea it best supports.

    . . . I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work. . . . (paragraph 4)

    The murder does not have a traditional motive.

    The narrator cannot escape his guilty conscience. 

    300s
    RL.8.6
  • Q12

    Select the reason that matches each line from the story with the idea it best supports.

    ... I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but it continued and gained definitiveness—until at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears. (paragraph 17)

    The narrator cannot escpae his guilty conscience.

    The murder does not have a traditional motive. 

    300s
    RL.8.3
  • Q13

    Select the reason that matches each line from thestory with the idea it best supports.

    I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observation of the men—but the noise steadily increased. (paragraph 18)

    The murder does not have a traditional motive.

    The narrator cannot escape his guilty conscience. 

    300s
    RL.8.6

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