"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key

"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
"The Cask of Amontillado" Close Reading Worksheet & Key
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This close reading resource promotes thoughtful, critical analysis of "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, helping students focus on significant details to develop a deeper understanding of the text and contribute more meaningfully to class discussion. Featuring 10 multiple choice questions and 1 short answer question, this resource also includes an answer key. All questions are Common Core aligned to the reading literature, language, and writing standards at the ninth and tenth grade levels. When you purchase this item, you will receive three versions: a Word version, a Rich Text Format version, and a PDF version. You will also receive a copy of the short story, which is in the public domain. Finally, a link to the Google Document version of this resource is also included; make a copy of it to edit as desired.

By engaging in this exercise, students will...

  • Analyze character motives and development
  • Apply literary devices (foreshadowing and verbal irony)
  • Define unfamiliar or challenging vocabulary terms in context.
  • Determine the tone of a particular passage.
  • Locate textual evidence in support of a claim

Questions pertain to the following:

  • Discerning the narrator's intended meaning: "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could."
  • Applying standard conventions of English writing: punctuating however.
  • Defining unfamiliar or challenging vocabulary in context: impunity.
  • Discerning meaning from what the text explicitly states: "It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong."
  • Defining unfamiliar or challenging vocabulary in context: wont.
  • Defining unfamiliar or challenging vocabulary in context: immolation.
  • Applying literary devices: foreshadowing.
  • Applying literary devices: verbal irony.
  • Locating textual evidence in support of a claim: a statement reflecting verbal irony.
  • Discerning meaning from what the text explicitly states: "A draft of this Medoc will defend us from the damps."
  • Drawing logical inferences: the protagonist demonstrates a desire to compromise his friend's good judgement to facilitate his imminent demise.

This product aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles, for it may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking.

In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read and comprehend complex texts, this resource helps prepare students for ACT reading question types.

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Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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