Read the following stories by Edgar Allan Poe: "The Cask of Amontillado" & "TheTell-Tale Heart."
Answer the following questions:
From: "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe
1. Reverse psychology is when a person manipulates another oneby telling them to do the opposite of what he/she wants that person to do. Explain how Montressor uses reverse psychology to convince Fortunato to go down to thecatacombs.
2. In what ways is this story similar to "The Tell-Tale Heart?"
3. In what ways is the story different to "The Tell-Tale Heart?"
4. According toMontressor, why must he kill Fortunato?
5. Has Montressol commited the perfect crime? Explain.
6. How does Fortunato die?
7. How long has it been since Montressorkilled Fortunato?
From: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
8. Why can we say that the story has an unreliable narrator? Point to details in the story to proveit.
9.Why is it that the narrator doesn’t commit the perfect crime? What makes him confess?
10. Why do you think the story is called, "The Tell-Tale Heart?"Bonus: 3 extra points: Answer any of the following questions based on both stories.
11. From what point of view are the stories told? Why is this point of viewparticularly effective to both stories?
12. Do you think the narrator of each story has repented? To whom do you think he is telling what he did? Why do you think heis confessing now? (in each story)
13. Identify (explain) one example of each: verbal irony, dramatic irony, irony of circumstance from either of the two stories.