Tales of the strange and mysterious review


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  1. Why does the boardinghouse tempt Billy?

  1. Why is Billy in the town of Bath?

  1. What clues foreshadow Billy’s fate?

  1. What are the White’s like at the beginning of “The Monkey’s Paw”?

  1. What is a fakir? Why did the fakir put a spell on the monkey’s paw?

  1. How does sergeant Major Morris feel about the monkey’s paw? Explain.

  1. How does Herbert feel about the paw? How does Herbert die?

  1. What is the narrator’s purpose for telling the story in “The Tell Tale Heart”? Provide examples.

  1. Why does the narrator confess to the murder? How do the police react?

  1. What happened to the McClellan family in “There Will Come Soft Rains”?

  1. How do you think life was like for the family before that happened?

  1. How does the house respond to the fire?

13. What is the difference between a frame story and an inner story?

14. How did both of the inner stories relate to each other in The Inn of Lost Time?

15. Define:







Point of View:




Frame story:

16. List the five stories that were read and include the author.






17. How many wishes does the White family get in “The Monkey’s Paw”? What wishes are made?

18. What do the five spots of paint on wall represent in “There Will Come Soft Rains”?

19. What type of short story is “There Will Come Soft Rains”? _________________

20. Why does Billy feel lucky to find the boardinghouse, at first?

21. Describe the setting of “The Tell Tale Heart”. How does the setting add to the element of suspense and mystery in the story?

22. How does the framework technique add to the story “Inn of Lost Time?”

23. What are some claims the narrator makes in Tell-Tale Heart about himself?

24. Why are those claims hard to believe?

25. What was the first clue that the monkey’s paw was not a good thing?

27. What do you think the 3rd wish was for?

29. Why does the sergeant Major Morris throw the paw in the fire?

29. Why didn’t the Sergeant Major Morris want the paw?

30. Describe the difference between a Samurai and a Ronin.

31. What is Zenta’s purpose in visiting the farmer’s house?

32. Explain Urashima Taro’s story?

33. What was significant about the girl in the inner story and the farmer’s wife?

34. Explain the theme in each of the stories.

• “The Landlady”

• “The Tell Tale Heart”

• “The Monkey’s Paw”

• “There Will Come Soft Rains”

• “The Inn of Lost Time”

35. You will also need to identify the elements in each story.


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