Roderick Usher: Character Analysis & Overview


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In The Fall of the House of Usher, who does Roderick Usher believe he has a psychic connection to?

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1. In The Fall of the House of Usher, Roderick Usher's personal appearance can be described as what?

2. In The Fall of the House of Usher, the protagonist of the story notices that when Usher speaks, he has a _____ that has become worse.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Many of Edgar Allan Poe's characters struggle with issues that are considered taboo by many readers, and Roderick Usher is no exception. This quiz/worksheet combination will test your understanding of the inner turmoil of Usher. The quiz will ask you to ignore supernatural forces and determine other possible reasons for his sensitivity to sounds and tastes and his belief that he has psychic powers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Mental illness involving the formation of delusional beliefs
  • Who Roderick is caring for
  • Roderick's illness as believed by the protagonist

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow for the use of the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Roderick Usher in ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding another possibility for Usher's belief of his psychic powers and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why Usher may be sensitive to sounds and tastes, other than supernatural forces
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about another mental illness other than paranoid schizophrenia that involves the formation of paranormal beliefs

Additional Learning

To learn more about this character from Edgar Allan Poe's short story ''The Fall of the House of Usher,'' review the accompanying lesson, Roderick Usher: Character Analysis & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the condition known as caregiver burnout
  • Examine the significance of Usher's physical appearance and communication problems
  • Analyze the psychic powers argument