1. Why does the narrator come to Usher’s house?
2. How is the narrator acquainted with Usher?
3. What is Roderick Usher’s basic problem?
4. What is unusual about the Usher family line?
5. What two things does the term “house of Usher” refer to?
6. What does this line mean? “…that the entire family lay in direct line of descent
7. What was the narrator’s first impression of the house?
8. Why does the narrator look down within the tarn?
9. What does the narrator think he sees as he looks up again at the house?
10.What is the “barely perceptible fissure” and what might it foreshadow?
11. Which details of the room add to the Gothic setting?
12. What does the description of Usher’s face reveal about his character?
13.What effect does Usher’s appearance have on the narrator?
14. What are the maladies from which Roderick Usher suffers?
15. What is Usher most afraid of or what is the “grim phantasm” for him?
16. Who is Madeline, and what are the symptoms of her illness?
17. In line 259 on p. 482, what is Lady Madeline’s condition at this point?
18. What was the name of the rhapsody that the Narrator and Usher had read? “The
19. Why would the Narrator remember his time at the Usher House? The randomness
from day to day and also the questioning of his own sanity.
20. Of all the instruments on the floor of Usher’s house, which can Roderick Usher
listen to without pain? Stringed instruments
21. What was unusual, to the modern reader, about Usher’s dungeon? It was located
under the entire living quarters of the house and contained the entire Usher Family
22. What did Usher play on his guitar? Dirges (funeral marches)
23. How long did he want to preserve Madeline’s corpse? A fortnight (two weeks)
24. How did Poe describe the rectangular tunnel? Low walls, smooth, white, and
without interruption or device.
25. What is the significance of the poem to Usher’s life? That it goes back to the
appearance of the house and how it, as well as himself, is deteriorating.
26. What happened to the house at the end of the story? It collapsed on itself,
symbolic of the line of Usher collapsing with Usher’s sanity. (Fissure)
27. How does the narrator feel after he helps Usher lay Madeline to rest? Uneasy,
28. Why does the narrator stay during Usher’s descent into insanity? He is
questioning his own insanity.
29. Poe’s technique of a narrator shows what about his style? He is trying to make the
narrator analyze himself.
30. What relation are Roderick and Madeline? Twin siblings, but hinted towards