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The Boarded Window
"Ambrose Bierce seems to have been very eccentric and most of his stories deal with death. "The Boarded Window" is one of his better known works."
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Murlock lived "only a few miles" from which present day city?
Castle Rock, Maine
What was the name of Murlock's young bride?
It is not known.
One day, Murlock went hunting and returned to find his wife delirious with fever. He tried to nurse her back to health but she died. Why did he care for her by himself?
There were no physicians or neighbors within miles.
She was wanted by the law.
He had attended medical school.
He was wanted by the law.
Murlock was too grief-stricken to bury his wife on the day she died. He laid her body on a table in their cabin and finally fell asleep. What noise came repeatedly through an open window, from the dark woods, while he slept?
a low growl
an eerie wailing sound
the sound of hoofbeats
the lonely sound of whip-poor-wills
Something woke Murlock in the dead of night. What did he hear when he woke up?
soft steps on the floor of the cabin
a heavy thump
a violent struggle
all of these
Murlock lit up the cabin and saw a horrible sight. How did he illuminate the cabin?
He fired his rifle.
He lit a lantern.
He lit a candle.
He stirred embers in the fireplace.
What was the horrible sight that he saw?
a grizzly bear trying to eat his wife's body
a panther dragging his wife toward the window
his wife staggering around
ghouls pulling his wife through the window
What did Murlock do after seeing the terrible sight?
He passed out and did not wake until morning.
He embraced his wife.
He ran from the cabin in fear.
He grabbed a butcher knife.
Murlock's wife had not really been dead the night before. What was one way he could tell?
She was sitting in a chair, totally insane.
Her fingernails were broken off in the floorboards.
The whole story had been a nightmare.
She had an animal's ear clenched between her teeth.
Murlock's wife recovered from her ordeal and the open window was forever boarded.
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