“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan PoeComprehension Questions: Answer each question in complete sentences. Remember to rep
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“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe Comprehension Questions: Answer each question in complete sentences. Remember to rephrase the question in your answer. 1. The narrator moves from speaking in present tense in paragraph #1 to previous tense for the remainder of the tale. Where do you think the speaker may be in the opening paragraph? With whom is he talking? What does he imply will be happening to him on the following day? 2. How does the narrator explain his early behavior and disposition in the direction of animals and others in the beginning of his story? Provide at least two examples that help the reader to understand how the narrator behaved early on. 3. What reason does the narrator give for his drastic change in disposition and temperament towards his wife and pets? Explain the way in which the narrator tortures and kills his cat, Pluto. 4. What occurs on the evening of the day that the narrator kills Pluto? 5. How does the narrator try to explain the plastered image of a gigantic cat with a rope around its neck that mysteriously appears on the bedroom wall? 6. Why does the narrator begin to hate and avoid the second cat? What certain mark (image) in the animal’s small section of white fur becomes clearly visible to the narrator? Why does this drive the narrator into a fury? 7. Why does the narrator kill his innocent wife? How does he attempt to hide his crime? 8. What does the narrator believe has happened to the second black cat as soon as he does not see the animal for several days? 9. How is the narrator’s crime finally revealed? How is he caught? Analysis Questions: Answer each question in complete sentences. Remember to rephrase the question in your answer. 10. How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken location anywhere else? 11. What are some of the controversial elements of the story? Were lock necessary? 12. What is the role of women in the text? 13. Would you recommend this story to a friend? Why or why not? 14. How does Edgar Allan Poe reveal character in "The Black Cat"? Give particular examples! (Direct or Indirect Characterization?) 15. What are some themes and symbols in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters? 16. How does Poe set the mood in the story? Are there any re-occurring images, words, etc.? 17. Is the narrator consistent in his actions? Is he a reliable narrator? Why or why not? 18. Do you find the narrator likable? Would you want to meet him? 19. Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why? 20. What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful? 21. Why do you think the story usually considered a work of horror literature? Continue on the back as needed.
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