The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

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The Cask of Amontillado

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

Comprehension
The questions below refer to the selection “The Cask of Amontillado.”

____ 1. According to Montresor, he decides to seek revenge against Fortunato because Fortunato —
a.
attacked him with his fists
c.
insulted him
b.
injured him more than a thousand times
d.
stole some valuable wine from him

____ 2. According to Montresor, revenge would not be successful if he were —
a.
punished for taking his revenge
c.
recognized by his victim
b.
not punished for taking his revenge
d.
compelled to murder

____ 3. The story takes place in —
a.
Amontillado during Carnival time
c.
America during Carnival time
b.
the present right after Christmas
d.
Italy during Carnival time

____ 4. Fortunato’s weak point is his —
a.
habit of dressing in silly costumes
c.
jealousy of Luchesi
b.
pride about his knowledge of fine wines
d.
poor sense of direction

____ 5. Which evidence best supports the claim that Montresor is insane?
a.
He wears a strange costume.
b.
Thoughts of Fortunato’s death make him smile.
c.
He pays full price for a cask of wine.
d.
He does not ask Luchesi to test the wine.

____ 6. Which of the following things does Montresor do?
a.
Explain how Fortunato has insulted him
b.
Let Fortunato know how upset he is with him
c.
Never let the readers know how Fortunato has insulted him
d.
Be rude to Fortunato from the very beginning of the story

____ 7. Dramatic irony occurs when —
a.
the reader knows that Montresor plans revenge, but Fortunato does not know
b.
Fortunato dresses as a jester
c.
the narrator urges Fortunato to try the wine
d.
the crime is committed in the crypt

____ 8. Montresor kills Fortunato by —
a.
walling him up
c.
poisoning him
b.
stabbing him
d.
beating him to death with iron rods

____ 9. Based on Montresor’s actions throughout the story, the reader can conclude that he is —
a.
rational and open-minded
c.
good-natured and sociable
b.
patient and forgiving
d.
treacherous and unbalanced

____ 10. What can you conclude about Montresor’s feelings toward those who have allegedly wronged him?
a.
Holding grudges is a waste of time.
b.
One must not let injustice dominate reason.
c.
Wrongdoers must be punished, and the wrong must be avenged.
d.
If the injustice is intentional, retaliation is justified.

Literary Focus
The questions below refer to the selection “The Cask of Amontillado.”

____ 11. An unreliable narrator may be described as one who —
a.
deliberately does not tell the whole truth
b.
makes untrue statements but is always corrected by another character
c.
lies throughout the story but admits the truth at the end
d.
is unreliable until the story’s climax

____ 12. One reason why we know that Montresor is an unreliable narrator is he —
a.
is drunk
c.
is wealthy and snobbish
b.
does not reveal anything about the past
d.
is feverish and unable to think clearly

____ 13. The narrator’s persona is clearly —
a.
elderly
c.
insane
b.
sane
d.
friendly

____ 14. The story’s tone is best described as —
a.
immature and unaware
c.
relaxed throughout
b.
friendly and warm
d.
mounting hysteria

Completion
Complete each statement.

Vocabulary Development
On the line before each sentence, write the Vocabulary word with the closest meaning to that of the italicized word or phrase.

impunity retribution recoiling impose precluded

15.

Fortunato’s drunkenness made impossible in advance his

realization of his fate.

16.

The catacombs ensured Montresor’s freedom from

punishment.

17.

Montresor viewed Fortunato’s death as suitable punishment.

18.

“I don’t wish to intrude on your time!” lied Montresor.

19.

Moving backward as if in horror, Montresor frowned.

Short Answer

Constructed Response
The question below refers to the selection “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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