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Question 4 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

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The Fall of the House of Usher
By Edgar Allan Poe

Shaking off what must have been a dream, I scanned more narrowly the real aspect of the building. Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves. Yet all this was apart from any extraordinary dilapidation. No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones. In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air. Beyond this indication of extensive decay, however, the fabric gave little token of instability. Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.

Roderick Usher’s poem
By Edgar Allan Poe

    1. In the greenest of our valleys,
      By good angels tenanted,
      Once a fair and stately palace—
      Radiant palace—reared its head.
      In the monarch Thought’s dominion—
      It stood there!
      Never seraph spread a pinion
      Over fabric half so fair.

 

  1. Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
    On its roof did float and flow;
    (This—all this—was in the olden
    Time long ago);
    And every gentle air that dallied,
    In that sweet day,
    Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
    A winged odor went away.

    1. And, round about his home, the glory
      That blushed and bloomed
      Is but a dim-remembered story
      Of the old time entombed.

 

  1. And travellers now within that valley,
    Through the red-litten windows see
    Vast forms that move fantastically
    To a discordant melody;
    While, like a rapid ghastly river,
    Through the pale door,
    A hideous throng rush out forever,
    And laugh—but smile no more.

What do these two pieces have in common?


 

Question 5 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

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The Fall of the House of Usher
By Edgar Allan Poe

Noticing these things, I rode over a short causeway to the house. A servant in waiting took my horse, and I entered the Gothic archway of the hall. A valet, of stealthy step, thence conducted me, in silence, through many dark and intricate passages in my progress to the studio of his master. Much that I encountered on the way contributed, I know not how, to heighten the vague sentiments of which I have already spoken. While the objects around me—while the carvings of the ceilings, the sombre tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode, were but matters to which, or to such as which, I had been accustomed from my infancy—while I hesitated not to acknowledge how familiar was all this—I still wondered to find how unfamiliar were the fancies which ordinary images were stirring up. On one of the staircases, I met the physician of the family. His countenance, I thought, wore a mingled expression of low cunning and perplexity. He accosted me with trepidation and passed on. The valet now threw open a door and ushered me into the presence of his master.

Roderick Usher’s poem
By Edgar Allan Poe

    1. In the greenest of our valleys,
      By good angels tenanted,
      Once a fair and stately palace—
      Radiant palace—reared its head.
      In the monarch Thought’s dominion—
      It stood there!
      Never seraph spread a pinion
      Over fabric half so fair.

 

  1. Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
    On its roof did float and flow;
    (This—all this—was in the olden
    Time long ago);
    And every gentle air that dallied,
    In that sweet day,
    Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
    A winged odor went away.

    1. And, round about his home, the glory
      That blushed and bloomed
      Is but a dim-remembered story
      Of the old time entombed.

 

  1. And travellers now within that valley,
    Through the red-litten windows see
    Vast forms that move fantastically
    To a discordant melody;
    While, like a rapid ghastly river,
    Through the pale door,
    A hideous throng rush out forever,
    And laugh—but smile no more.

Which theme is represented in both the paragraph and the poem?


 

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