Cask of Amontillado Test



1. This story is written in the:

            A. 1st person                B. 2nd person               C. 3rd. person


2. The narrator:

            A. threatens Fortunado           B. does not threaten Fortunado          C. forgives Fortunado


3. The phrase, “You who so well know the nature of my soul” is an example of irony because:

            A. no one can know the narrator’s dark soul

            B. the narrator is not a killer

            C. Fortunado is a good friend


4. Poe’s use of the name Fortunado for the intended victim is an example of:

            A. irony           B. metaphor                C. rhetoric


5. The narrator believes that an insult:

            A. is not punished if the punisher is caught

            B. is not very important

            C. deserves forgiveness


6. It is apparent that the narrator wants to punish Fortunado in such a way that:

            A. Fortunado will not suffer               B. Fortunado will know who his punisher is

            C. everyone will know who harmed him       


7. Fortunado is an expert on:

            A. gems           B. painting                  C. wines                      D. Poe


8. The carnival setting of the story:

            A. creates a feeling of eeriness           B. is accidental            C. lets the narrator wear a mask

            D. A and C                 E. B and C


9. When the narrator runs into him, it is clear that Fortunado has been:

            A. dancing                  B. drinking                  C. working                  D. reading


10. When the narrator says, “My dear Fortunado, you are luckily met,” he:

            A. really means it                                            B. is making an ironic joke

            C. has decided to forgive Fortunado              D. is sad to see Fortunado


11. A PIPE of Amontillado is:

            A. a large cask             B. a small tube                        C. a device used for smoking


12. At the mention of Luchesi, the narrator plays on Fortunado’s weakness:

            A. his pride – Fortunado thinks he is much better than Luchesi.

            B. his alcoholism – Fortunado drinks all the time.

            C. his stupidity – Fortunado is not very wise.

            D. his loneliness – Fortunado is not very powerful





13. The narrator protects himself by:

            A. wearing a mask and cape.

            B. getting the servants out of his house.

            C. “Accidently” running into Fortunado while Fortunado is drunk.

            D. never uttering a threat to Fortunado.

            E. all of the above.


14. The narrator knows no servants are at his home because:

            A. he told them to go out and enjoy their evening off.

            B. he told them to stay at home.

            C. he has no servants.


15. The narrator’s attitude toward his servants is an example of:

            A. irony                       B. suspense                 C. mystery


16. The presence of the flambeaux suggests that the story takes place:

            A. in our own time                  B. a long time ago                   C. on an island


17. When Fortunado says, “I shall not die of a cough;” Montressor says, “True, true,” because he:

            A. knows the cough is not serious

            B. wants Fortunado to drink more wine

            C. knows Fortunado will die for a reason other than a cough

            D. all of the above


18. Which is true for many of the Narrator’s statements to Fortunado in this story?

            A. they are made in an angry tone

            B. they are mostly hidden warnings to Fortunado

            C. they do not express concern

            D. all of the above


19. When Montressor pulls out a trowel, it is clear that he:

            A. came prepared to entrap Fortunado

            B. really is of the brotherhood known as the Masons

            C. does not wish Fortunado harm

            D. none of the above


20. In the farthest crypt, there lay a mound of:

            A. bottles                    B. bones                      C. flambeaux               D. dirt


21. Fortunado probably does not stop Montressor from chaining him because:

            A. he is drunk             B. he is very ill                        C. he is surprised         D. A and C


22. The building materials being present in the crypt suggests:

            A. people buried building materials with their dead.

            B. Montressor had prepared the crypt ahead of time.

            C. Montressor had never entered the crypt before.

            D. all of the above.

            E. none of the above.





23. Montressor used the building stone and mortar:

            A. to repair a wall                   B. to wall up Fortunado in the crypt

            C. to build a new crypt           D. to scare Fortunado to death


24. Fortunado’s drunkenness had worn off by the time:

            A. he entered the crypt                      

B. he was chained to the wall

            C. Montressor finished the first tier of the masonry.


25. By yelling louder than Fortunado, Montressor proved:

            A. no one would ever be able to hear his cries.

            B. he had a strong voice.

            C. Fortunado was still intoxicated.


26. When Montressor says his “task was drawing to a close,” his TASK was:

            A. chaining Fortunado           

            B. building the wall

            C. exploring the catacombs


27. As the last stone is being put into place:

            A. Fortunado escapes

            B. Fortunado laughs

            C. Montressor laughs


28. Montressor’s feelings change from being happy to being horror-stricken when:

            A. Fortunado screams

            B. Montressor screams

            C. Fortunado laughs

            D. Montressor laughs


29. At the end of the story, we know Fortunado is dead because:

            A. the narrator says, “Fortunado is dead.”

            B. the torch burns out.

            C. no one has moved the bones or masonry for half a century.


30. By never mentioning the insult that Fortunado committed, Poe:

            A. confuses the reader

            B. leaves out an important part of the story

            C. focuses our attention completely on Montressor’s horrible revenge