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1. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” whom does Prince Prospero invite to his abbey?
a. the plague victims of his land
b. a thousand healthy friends
c. a mysterious, masked guest
d. talented musicians
b. a thousand healthy friends
2. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” the location of the black chamber at the western
end of the suite
a. suggests a mood of exploration and excitement.
b. minimizes the presence of natural light.
c. indicates a fascination with the bizarre.
d. suggests the end of daylight and life.
d. suggests the end of daylight and life.
3. Which phrase best expresses the mental state of the masquers before the apparition
of the Red Death?
a. “happy and dauntless and sagacious”
b. “gasped in unutterable horror”
c. “in them beat feverishly the heart of life”
d. “a gay and magnificent revel”
c. “in them beat feverishly the heart of life”
4. Which of the following best expresses the theme, or main idea, of “The Masque of the
Red Death”?
a. God punished sinners through the plague.
b. Death should be faced with courage.
c. Wealth offers no refuge from death.
d. Human beings are essentially selfish.
c. Wealth offers no refuge from death.
5. In the following passage from “The Masque of the Red Death,” which words or
phrases are context clues that can help you figure out the meaning of casements?
Read: "A tall and narrow Gothic window looked out upon a closed corridor which pursued
the windings of the suite. These windows are of stained glass whose color varied in
accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it
opened. . . . The third was green throughout, and so were the casements."
5. In the following passage from “The Masque of the Red Death,” which words or
phrases are context clues that can help you figure out the meaning of casements?
a. “windows are of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing
hue”
b. “tall and narrow”
c. “a closed corridor which pursued the windings of the suite”
d. “the third was green”
6. Which of the following details in “The Masque of the Red Death” suggests that the
revelers will not live long?
a. the white room
b. the locked gates
c. the prince’s dagger
d. the ebony clock
d. the ebony clock
7. The dream–like costumes of the revelers in “The Masque of the Red Death” symbolize
a. repressed fears and desires.
b. extreme tension and anxiety.
c. youthful health and beauty.
d. carefree glamour and luxury.
a. repressed fears and desires.
8. In the following passage from “The Masque of the Red Death,” what is the most likely
meaning of voluptuous?
It was a voluptuous scene, that masquerade. But first let me tell of the rooms in
which it was held. There were seven—an imperial suite.
a. terrifying
b. ordinary
c. unusual
d. luxurious
d. luxurious
9. Which sentence or phrase does NOT contain context clues that spectral means
“ghostly”?
a. “The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance
of a stiffened corpse . . .”
b. “The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments
of the grave.”
c. “[Prince Prospero’s] brow reddened with rage.”
d. “In an assembly of phantasms such as I have painted”
c. “[Prince Prospero’s] brow reddened with rage.”
10. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Prince Prospero objects to the masked stranger
because he
a. arrives uninvited.
b. is costumed as a victim of the Red Death.
c. interrupts the musicians.
d. refuses to dance.
b. is costumed as a victim of the Red Death.
11. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” what is foreshadowed when Prospero’s “brow reddened
with rage” at the sight of the intruder?
a. the destructive power of anger
b. the red light from the window
c. the coming dawn in the east
d. his death from the Red Death
d. his death from the Red Death
12. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” how does Prince Prospero die?
a. He is stabbed with a dagger.
b. He is stricken by the plague.
c. He is injured in a fall.
d. He is hanged from the battlements.
b. He is stricken by the plague.
13. Prospero’s guests were deprived of nothing. They never experienced the quality
of _____.
a. deprived
b. depriving
c. deprivation
d. deprive
c. deprivation
14. Among the revelers, there ______ a feverish ______.
a. was; air
b. were; air
c. was; airs
d. were; airs
a. was; air
15. During the ________ ball, the masqueraders danced ________.
a. lively, gaily
b. gaily, lively
c. live, gay
d. gaily, live
c. live, gay
16. Which sentence contains both an adjective and an adverb?
a. Courtiers firmly sealed the gates leading into the abbey.
b. During the fifth or sixth month, the prince hosted a masked ball.
c. Vivid colors filled every room except the seventh, which was ghastly.
d. The seventh room was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries.
d. The seventh room was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries.
17. Which of the following sentences demonstrates an appropriate usage of piquancy?
a. The man’s blood-speckled forehead revealed his piquancy.
b. The unusual lighting added piquancy to the scene.
c. The revelers gasped with piquancy at the sight of the masked stranger.
d. The prince expressed his piquancy by chasing the offender through the suites.
b. The unusual lighting added piquancy to the scene.
18. Which quote describes the uninvited guest’s appearance?
a. “He had come like a thief in the night.”
b. “The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.”
c. “... his brow reddened with rage.”
d. “Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.”
b. “The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.”
19. Why did Prince Prospero tell his courtiers to “seize and unmask” the stranger?
a. He couldn’t figure out his costume
b. He wanted to prove how powerful he was
c. He wants to see who he’s going to hang
d. He had banned masks at his party
c. He wants to see who he’s going to hang
20. The quote, “There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and the profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution,” is describing:
a. the people at the party
b. the symptoms of the Red Death
c. Prince Prospero
d. the uninvited guest
b. the symptoms of the Red Death
Essay Question - The setting and descriptive details of “The Masque of the Red Death” contain many symbols.
Choose at least three symbols from the story, and in an essay, describe what each
symbol stands for. In your discussion explain how the symbols give meaning to the story.
Plan an answer.
Essay - Is Prospero’s attempt to escape death an act of unforgivable arrogance, or is it a normal
human response to the inevitable? Consider the details given about Prospero’s personality
and behavior. In an essay, support your opinion with examples from the story or from
your own experience.
Plan an answer.
Essay - Poe stresses Prince Prospero’s unusual and elaborate tastes. In an essay, explain what
significance these details lend to the story’s mood and theme.
Plan an answer.