The Tell-Tale Heart Essay Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is rich with possibilities for the classroom. This lesson provides you with essay questions to use for papers or summative assessments.

Essay Questions

Most students read ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' in 8th or 9th grade, and for many, it's a challenge. Poe's vocabulary is elevated compared to what they're used to reading, and the story's unreliable narrator may be the first one students have encountered. If you've finished the story in class, your students have moved beyond plot and vocabulary. The questions in this lesson will help them think about the story on a deeper level. Since many teachers use this story to reinforce lessons on literary elements or the analysis of writing, the questions have been divided into two categories. Choose questions that fit your teaching focus and the abilities of your students.

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