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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher: That Arsonist Must Really Not Like His Music Quiz

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Q. Who is Roderick Usher?

The narrator’s father
The narrator’s childhood friend
The narrator’s benefactor
An usher at the narrator’s wedding. His name is pure coincidence.
Q. What is wrong with Roderick?

He enjoys watching hockey
He suffers from chronic neck pain
He has two broken fingers
He has a disease of the mind
Q. For what is the Usher family famous?

Their dedication to the arts
Their ties to the criminal underworld
Their traveling high wire act
Their short-lived 1970’s sitcom Help - I’m In Love with My Sister!
Q. What is catalepsy?

A condition characterized by muscle rigidity
A condition in which a kitten suffers seizures upon being presented with a tangled ball of yarn
A condition of imagined illness
A condition involving a lack of sensation in the hands and feet
Q. What does Roderick believe about his house?

That it is haunted
That it has a power over him
That he could flip it for a half-million dollar profit
That it is going to collapse in on him