Student Sample PowerPoint Presentation Edgar Allan Poe and the American Short Story
Question 1 Prince Prospero’s love of the bizarre and his strong organizational skills factor significantly in the creation of his flawed plan for security in • The Raven • The Fall of the House of Usher • The Cask of Amontillado • The Masque of the Red Death
Question 2 Why did the police chief visit the old man? • He was a suspect in a crime. • He wanted to seek his help in solving the case. • The old man was harboring the person who committed the offense. • He was related to the victim.
Question 3 An example of the reader’s complicity in a character’s downfall is • The descent into the cellar at Amontillado • Madeline Usher’s reappearance • Neither • Both
Question 4 Among Poe’s greatest contributions to the development of the American short story is/are: • The reliable narrator • Absence of irony • Elements of the detective story • Themes of light-heartedness
Question 5 Which of the following statements is true about Poe? • He graduated from Harvard University. • The author married his 13 year-old cousin who later died from tuberculosis. • He achieved great wealth in his lifetime. • He traveled extensively in Europe, particularly France and Italy, the settings for some of his most well-known short stories.
Question 6 5. An item stolen from a woman’s boudoir creates a mystery in Poe’s • The Purloined Letter • The Scarlet Letter • Politian • The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Question 7 What is a modern day example of Poe’s importance to America’s culture? • The presence of coffee houses in most metropolitan areas • The renaming of Suffolk County Hospital to Poe Medical Center • The Baltimore Ravens Football Team • Poe’s tenure as president emeritus of Harvard University
Question 8 Which of the following statements (is/are) correct surrounding Poe’s death? • He died from rabies after he was found in an alley. • He died from alcoholism. • It’s definite that he died from flu/pneumonia. • All of the above are unproven, but suspected reasons for his death. Just as his works created much mystery abut his characters, his own death remains a mystery.
Question 9 What are signs of the imminent fall at Usher? • The pond, the columns, and the state of the residents • The sentry posted at the gate • The gaiety and feasts • An abundance of wealth and prosperity
Question 10 What is the best answer? What (story/stories) end(s) with death? • The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter, The Masque of the Red Death and The Cask of Amontillado • The Masque of the Red Death • The Purloined Letter • All except c