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1 Short Story Critical Reading Test Review
“The Scarlet Ibis” “The Cask of Amontillado” English I Ms. Manus

2 True or false The narrator in “TCOA” feels that the person taking
revenge should be masked and never reveal their true self to their victim.

3 Montressor is flawed because he does not see that revenge is wrong.
True or False Montressor is flawed because he does not see that revenge is wrong.

4 How does the narrator lure Fortunato to his vault?

5 How does the narrator in “TCOA” truly feel at the end of the story?

6 What point of view is “TCOA” told from ?

7 What point of view is “TSI” told from?

8 True/False Montressor feels insulted when Fortunato claims he is not a mason, but Montressor says he is and shows his masonry tool.

9 “ The quote “I shall not die of a cough” is what literary element in “TCOA?”
Foreshadow Flashback Irony Personification

10 Montressor’s characteristics are what?
a. Clever b. Organized and planned c. Impulsive d. Both a and b

11 What is a catacomb?

12 . Which event foreshadows the resolution of “The Cask of Amontillado”?
a.Montressor tells Fortunato he has bought a large barrel of Amontillado. b.Fortunato wears a parti-striped dress. c.Montressor drinks to Fortunato's health with a bottle of Médoc. d.Fortunato asks Montressor if he is a mason. 

13 Which event is the climax, or highest point of intensity, of “The Cask of Amontillado”?
a.Montressor meets Fortunato. b.Montressor takes Fortunato into the vault. c.Montressor walls Fortunato in. d.Montressor confesses his crime.

14 Why does Montressor repeatedly warn Fortunato about the bad air in the vaults?
A.He is sincerely concerned about Fortunato's well-being. b.He wants to make sure that Fortunato does not suspect his motives. c.He hopes Fortunato will prevent him from committing the planned murder. d.He wants to warn Fortunato that his death is near.

15 Why does Fortunato go into the vaults in “The Cask of Amontillado”?

16 a.Fortunato's intelligence b.Fortunato's vanity c.Fortunato's humility
When the narrator tells Fortunato, “I was silly enough to pay the full Amontillado price without consulting you in the matter,” to what is he appealing? a.Fortunato's intelligence b.Fortunato's vanity c.Fortunato's humility d.Fortunato's sympathy

17 How did the carnival setting help Montressor’s plan?

18 What is the main idea of the following sentence from “The Cask of Amontillado”?
“A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.” a.The person who avenges a wrong must be punished. b.The person who avenges a wrong must not be punished. c.No wrong can ever truly be avenged. d.The person who suffers a wrong should not try to get revenge.

19 What is the central conflict in “TCOA?”

20 What motivates Montressor to vow to take revenge upon Fortunato?

21 Who is the narrator in “The Cask of Amontillado”?

22 True/False At the end of “The Scarlet Ibis”, brother recognizes that his pride did NOT get the best of him.

23 What does the storm at the end of “TSI” symbolize?

24 What does burying the bird show about Doodle’s characteristic?
A. Kind B. Compassionate C. Revengeful D. Both a and b

25 The scarlet ibis appearing injured and then dying not only symbolizes Doodle, but also is what other form of literary element for the story? A. Personification B. Metaphor C. Foreshadow D. Flashback

26 What holds brother back from recognizing Doodle’s dismay?

27 What does the “blighted summer with no rain and crops withering” symbolize?
A. Death and sickness B. Joy and growth C. Richness and life D. Limitations

28 Why does brother teach Doodle to walk?
A. Selfish B. Pride C. Embarrassed D. All of the above

29 What type of irony is it when big brother begins to cry when they show the family that Doodle can walk? A. Dramatic B. Situational C. Verbal D. None of the above

30 What is Doodle better at than brother?

31 How does big brother feel about Doodle?
A. A nuisance B. Kind-hearted C. Burden D. Both a and c

32 Tell me 2 themes present in “The Scarlet Ibis.”

33 How does Doodle and brother feel about the Old Swamp?

34 Why does brother rename him Doodle?

35 How are Doodle and the bird similar?

36 The narrator decides to teach Doodle to walk because
he wants to please his parents Doodle is distressed by his incapacities. C. he is ashamed of having a crippled brother. D. he alone truly cares about Doodle’s welfare.

37 Why does the narrator run away from Doodle during the storm at the end of the story?
A. He realizes that Doodle “lies” better than he does. B. He knows that Doodle is about to die. C. He wants to punish Doodle for failing. D. He wants to encourage Doodle to run faster

38 In “The Scarlet Ibis,” why is the narrator’s brother three months old before he is named?
A. His parents cannot agree on a name. B. It is traditional to wait three months before naming a baby. C. Everybody thinks that the baby will die. D. The baby first has to be baptized in the church.

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