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The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether: Summary & Theme

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What literary element does the following quotation provide in ''The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether?''

''Believe nothing you hear and only one-half that you see.''

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1. What is ironic about Monsieur Maillard in ''The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether?''

2. What is the significance of the title ''The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether?''

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By answering the multiple-choice questions included in this interactive quiz, you'll find out just how well you understand the themes and summary of Edgar Allen Poe's The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether. Here you'll be asked to discuss the 'soothing system' in the story, the irony of Monsieur Maillard and the significance of the title of the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The purpose of this quiz is to assess your understanding of how to:

  • Identify the literary element used in a passage from the story
  • Detail the irony associated with Monsieur Maillard
  • Describe the significance of the title of The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
  • Outline the point in the story when the theme emerges
  • Explain what the 'soothing system' in the story consists of

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Poe's The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, like what's implied by the title
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the soothing system entails
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the theme of The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether in a different light

Additional Learning

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