Special Sub-Topic: The Fall of the House of Usher
|Did the narrator of the story come to the House of Usher uninvited?|
No. The narrator of the story went to the House of Usher because he had received word that his old friend, Roderick Usher, wished to see him. According to the message, Roderick was ill and wanted to visit with his old friend in the hopes that the narrator would cheer Roderick up.
|What was the name of Roderick Usher's sister?|
Madeline. One of the things that depressed Roderick was the fact that his sister Madeline was ill. According to him, when she died he would be the last of the Ushers.
|What did the narrator notice when he helped Roderick bring his sister into the tomb?|
Her cheeks were rosy.. The narrator noticed that Madeline's cheeks were still rosy when they placed her in the tomb. This foreshadows the "resurrection" of Madeline.
|What was the name of the poem sung by Roderick?|
The Haunted Palace. Roderick had a feeling that his illness and that of his sister was actually caused by the house. He blamed the house for the downfall of his entire family. The poem he sung, called "The Haunted Palace", bears much resemblance to the story of his own house.
|What was the name of the hero in "The Mad Trist"?|
Ethelred. One night about a week after Madeline's "death", Roderick rushed into the narrator's room and claimed he was hearing noises. In order to calm him, the narrator began to read from one of the books at hand, "The Mad Trist".
|Which of these was NOT one of the problems Roderick claimed to have?|
All were a problem.. Roderick suffered from an "acuteness of the senses", a problem in which he was hyper-sensitive.
|What was the name of the narrator in the story?|
It is never mentioned.. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is written in first person, so the narrator is refereed to as "I". Roderick never mentioned his name when speaking to him.
|What strange occurrence happened while the narrator read to Roderick?|
The sounds from the story were heard in the house.. The narrator read Roderick "The Mad Trist", the story of a brave hero. At three different points in the story, however, the same sounds from the story were heard throughout the house. Roderick claimed he had been hearing them all week.
|Roderick buried his sister alive.|
True. Madline suffered from a disease which made her limbs stiffen. She had been ill for a long time, and during the narrator's visit Roderick informed him that Madeline was dead. It turns out that Madeline was not really dead, and had spent a week alive in her coffin.
|What happened at the end of the story?|
All of these (Roderick collapsed from fear., Madeline appeared in the doorway., The house fell down.). While the narrator was reading "The Mad Trist", the door to the room swung open, and Madeline appeared in the doorway. She had been entombed for a week and had blood on her clothes. She ran at Roderick, who collapsed. Then the house began to crumble. The narrator escaped and watched as the House of Usher fell.
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