• The Cask of Amontillado text


    The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe




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  • Short Story Inventory handout

    The Short Story Inventory





    Title of the story: _________________________________________________________________





    Briefly explain the plot of the story by discussing each of the 5 parts of the plot.  Refer specifically to each part, especially the climax and resolution.




    Rising Action:




    Falling Action:





    Explain the setting with as much detail as possible (location, time, weather, etc…)






    What else?



    Name the type of major conflict and explain the conflict.


    man-v-man     man-v-self    man-v-society     man-v-nature



    Point of View

    Name the point of view.  Provide brief support from the text.


    1st person     2nd person     3rd person limited omniscient     omniscient






    Explain what the universal topic is and what the author is saying about that topic (usually having to do with a comment on human nature or the human experience).


    In the short story, _____________________________________, the author,


     _________________________ ,shows that ____________________________________________








    List the key literary elements (irony, foreshadowing, flashback, etc.) the author used in the story. Provide examples from the text.















    Author’s Tone

    Explain the author’s tone toward the topic of the story.


    The author’s tone is _____________________________________________________________.





    List any figurative language (metaphors, similes, personification, etc.) the author uses to create a vivid impression. Provide examples from the text.














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  • The Cask of Amontillado one pager instructions

    English I

    The Cask of Amontillado - Characterization


    Imagery plays a critical role in developing the characters in the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado.”   Your task is to depict those elements in a visual representation and provide text evidence to support your ideas.


    1. Select either Montresor or Fortunado


    1. Read back over the story and find 3-5 passages (sentences or parts of sentences) that describe your character - look for physical description and descriptions of behavior/attitude. Write these on the back of your Poe notes page. Use direct quotes.


    1. On an 8.5 x11 sheet of paper, draw the character as you see him in your mind (what picture did the imagery create while you were reading it?)


                   * Must cover at least 85% of the page

                   * May be one picture or multiple pictures combined

                   * Must be in color unless the use of black and white is artistically intentional


                   Incorporate the following things into your drawing – they should be a part of it and not look like              afterthoughts!

                   * quotes that contain at least 3 descriptive elements (these must be in your drawing too)

                   * title of the short story (in quotation marks) and the author at the top of your drawing.


    Put your full name and class period ON THE BACK!


    Remember, this is NOT an art class!   I don’t expect you to be Rembrandt, but I do expect 100% effort.  These will be hung in the hallway for others to see, so keep that in mind. 

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  • News stories of people buried inside walls - so creepy!

    Family finds human bones inside walls of new Houston home, which once belonged to long-missing woman

    By Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, Monday, March 6, 2017


    The two-bedroom, steel-blue 1930s-era home is among the last few standing next to condo towers and shiny new townhomes in the 600 block of Allston Street in the Heights.


    The new owners were just moving into the 1,161-square-foot house on Saturday -- the upturned soil still fresh in a row of pink, white, yellow and purple flowers in front of the porch -- when one of them shifted a board in the attic, peered down inside a wall and saw a jumble of bones.

    In the rain-soaked grass, thrown into relief by the soft glow of a single porch light, a little pile of broken sheet rock looked like just another moving-day project.


    "We popped a pretty good hole in the wall," Houston Police Detective Jason Fay said.


    Neighbors said the remains could belong to a woman who went missing in 2015. Mary Cerruti, 61, was last seen in February or March of 2015 and is still listed as missing, Fay said. Public records show she was the previous homeowner of the $400,000 home.


    According to a post on the West Heights Coalition website, police visited the home in the summer of 2015 after receiving calls about the house, but didn't find Cerruti.


    "Neighbors remain hopeful that Mary will be found alive and well," the post said.


    There was nothing else in the wall but a tattered rag and a pair of red-framed eyeglasses, of the $5 drugstore variety. Animals had disturbed the skeleton.


    The owners called police in the afternoon, and the medical examiner's office finished extracting the bones shortly before 7 p.m. They appeared to belong to an adult, Fay said.


    The new residents left after nightfall. They were "a little worried because they have a body in the house," Fay said. "Was it someone who was killed and stuffed in the wall, or did they accidentally pass away by ending up in the wall?"


    It's possible the person tripped in the attic and fell into the empty space, he said.

    Mark DeBoer said the home was abandoned, the lawn overgrown, with a "for sale" sign out front, since he moved to the area a few years ago. He wondered how the new owners might be coping with their discovery.


    "That sort of thing is supposed to go on the seller's disclosure," he said.



    Remains of N.Y. woman found in wall after 28 years

    Sarah Bradshaw and Nina Schutzman, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal Published July 2, 2013

    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A woman whose skeletal remains were found nearly 28 years after she disappeared apparently died from blunt trauma to her head, according to police.

    On Monday, the Dutchess County Medical Examiner's Office identified the decayed bones uncovered in a Poughkeepsie home as JoAnn Nichols, who was reported missing on Dec. 21, 1985, by her husband James L. Nichols Jr.

    On Friday, a female skeleton was found in the home JoAnn Nichols shared with her husband, who died of natural causes in December at 82.

    After Nichols went missing, police had looked into the possibility she had run away or committed suicide because her only son had drowned three years earlier, but eventually the case went cold. Until Friday.

    Dr. Kari Reiber, the county's medical examiner and acting health commissioner, said Monday's autopsy revealed JoAnn Nichols' body was placed "intact" in a container before it was sealed in a false basement wall.

    The 55-year-old schoolteacher had had "extensive dental work," including a partial denture, leading to a "straightforward" positive identification, Reiber said.

    The cause of death was "apparent" and "physical," she said.

    The grisly discovery of a sealed container holding human remains was made Friday by a private contractor cleaning up the after its sole occupant, the missing woman's husband, died in December.

    Described by neighbors as an unemotional hoarder, he died at 82 of natural causes.

    Despite a police investigation, JoAnn Nichols, who was a first-grade teacher for 22 years, was never found.

    Reiber said the body had been in the container "for a very long time," and that the bones separated after tissues and cartilage decomposed.

    In a dry basement, buried behind a false wall and piles of hoarded items, a putrefied body might not have a strong smell, she said.


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  • The Most Dangerous Game - defend/challenge paragraph


    In “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford says, “The world is made up of two classes – the hunters and the huntees.”  In a carefully reasoned paragraph, analyze this opinion and then defend or challenge the statement.  Use evidence from your observations, experience, or reading to develop your position. 


    1. Write your thesis statement: state your opinion in a complete sentence.

    The world is made up of only 2 classes, the hunter and the hunted.

    The world is made up of more than just the hunter and the hunted; there are also…


    1. Develop 3 pieces of support for your opinion. These can be from the story or from real life.


    1. NOWRewrite your paragraph.

             Thesis statement. Complete sentence with support piece #1.  Complete sentence with support piece #2.  Restated thesis statement that gives the same idea but says it in a different way.


    * use a clean/new sheet of paper

    * 4 complete sentences.

    * In pen

    * spelling and mechanics count 

    * put your name and class period on the top and turn it in

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