A Descent into the Maelstrom: Summary & Analysis


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The conflict in 'A Descent into the Maelstrom' deals with which of the following?

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1. How does the guide survive his ordeal in 'A Descent into the Maelstrom'?

2. In what way is the guide's initial reaction to grab the ringbolt during the hurricane similar to the narrator's at the beginning of 'A Descent into the Maelstrom'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess how much you can recollect about Edgar Allan Poe's A Descent into the Maelstrom with this quiz and worksheet. You should be familiar with a parallel between the guide and the narrator in the story, among other details.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will confirm your knowledge of the following:

  • The nature of the conflict that exists
  • How the guide survives
  • A correlation between the guide and the narrator
  • Why the guide exhibits little fear
  • The older brother's selfishness

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about A Descent into the Maelstrom
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the guide's survival and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why the guide shows little fear of heights at the beginning of the story

Additional Learning

Further your understanding of this story with the lesson titled A Descent into the Maelstrom: Summary & Analysis. Here are a few examples of what you'll find in this lesson:

  • The use of water in literature
  • Why the guide's hair changes color
  • The impact of the oldest brother's selfishness