Poe's Short Stories

Tell-Tale Heart: Which statement best describes the major theme of the story? Part A & Part B

1. PART A: Which statement best describes a major theme of the story?
A. Honesty can relieve you of your guilt and help you feel better.
B. Fear can shape how we see things and how we act.
C. Our sanity is determined by how we react to different situations.
D. The truth is a matter of personal perception and beliefs.


2. PART B: Which of the following quotes provides the best support for the answer to Part A?
A. “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees — very
gradually — I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid
myself of the eye for ever.” (Paragraph 2)
B. “Yes, he has been trying to comfort himself with these suppositions; but he had
found all in vain. All in vain; because Death, in approaching him, had stalked
with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim.” (Paragraph 7)
C. “As the bell sounded the hour, there came a knocking at the street door. I went
down to open it with a light heart, — for what had I now to fear?” (Paragraph 14)
D. “I gasped for breath — and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly —
more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased.” (Paragraph 17)

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Part A: B or C work.

Part B

Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees — very
gradually — I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid
myself of the eye for ever.” (Paragraph 2)