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'The Cask of Amontillado' Questions for Study & Discussion


Study Guide
The Cask of Amontillado is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable works of horror. The story depicts betrayal and murderous revenge. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in "The Cask of Amontillado"? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see in this story?

  • How does Edgar Allan Poe reveal character in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in "The Cask of Amontillado"? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is the narrator consistent in his actions? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why?

  • Do you find the narrator likable? Would you want to meet him?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • Why is the story usually considered a work of horror literature? Would you read it at Halloween?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What are some of the controversial elements of the story? Were they necessary?

  • Would you recommend this story to a friend?

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