Reading Guide Before Reading Questions Montresor, the narrator of "The Cask of Amontillado,"



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The Cask of Amontillado” Reading Guide


Before Reading Questions


  1. Montresor, the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado,” feels that revenge is necessary to right a wrong. On the wheel below, describe revenge. For example, on one of the “legs,” define it. On other legs, you can write examples of ways and reasons people often seek revenge.


REVENGE

2. Some would argue that two wrongs never make a right and that revenge leads only to more wrongdoing. In a R.A.R.E. response below, answer: is revenge ever justified?

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During Reading Questions- Answer in complete sentences using detail from the story.

  1. In the first paragraph, the narrator is motivated by revenge.

    1. Why does he want revenge against Fortunato? (CHARACTER MOTIVATION)



    1. What might this tell us about his character? (CHARACTERIZATION)

2. In paragraph two, how does the narrator describe Fortunato? (CHARACTERIZATION)

3. Fortunato is wearing a motley (jester) outfit. What might this symbolize? (SYMBOLISM)


4. What is the setting of the story? Why might this be important to the narrator’s plan? (SETTING)

5. Why does the narrator mention Luchesi to Fortunato? (CHARACTER MOTIVATION)
6. What is ironic about the narrator’s conversation with Fortunato once they enter the catacombs? (IRONY)

7. Describe the catacombs. What type of mood does this establish for the reader? (SETTING & MOOD)

8. What is the story’s under lying message about ife or human nature? (THEME)

9. What dramatic irony is the story’s plot driven by? (IRONY)



After Reading Analysis

1. REVENGE- Is Montresor’s act of revenge justified? Support with reasons from the text.

2. PLOT – Series of events in a narrative. Answer the following based off of the plot in the “Cask of Amontillado”:

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A. What is the story’s main internal conflict? ____________________________________________________________________________________


B. What are three (3) external conflicts in the story?

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C. Identify two key events in the rising action.

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D. Identify the event that marks the climax.

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E. Identify one event in the falling action.

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F. Identify a statement of an event that foreshadows Fortunato’s fate.

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G. How does the imagery add to the story’s suspense? Explain.

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H. How does setting play a significant role in the story?

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