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The narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" wants us to know that he is not "mad," but can we believe him? In fact, how about the speaker in "The Raven"? He seems a little bit on edge, too, doesn't he? We want you to decide, based on what you read in the poem and the story, whether these men are crazy or not. But we don't just want a snap judgment — this is serious business. Go over these works like a detective, and give us hard evidence. We want you to point to specific moments in the story, and use them to tell us whether these two guys are nuts. Or maybe one of them is and not the other? Or neither of them? If they aren't crazy, what's going on here?
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You bet. US equivalent of Grade 12 (High School Senior) and younger are welcome to enter.
Yes, indeed! One of our finalists in our Spring 2010 Essay Contest was from jolly old England.
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First week of December. Of course, if we're overrun with entries, we may need to extend that date. We'll update the info on this page if the schedule changes.
* Limitation of School-Wide VIP pass: if you're a homeschool student, you're welcome to enter. We won't, however, be able to make our VIP pass avatilable to a school. If you attend a non-physical school, Shmoop reserves the right to limit VIP pass access to 1,500 students. For physical high schools, we'll roll out the VIP pass to everyone in your school.