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Poe Stations Answer Key
A. Interactive Timeline:
1. Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and died in 1849.
2. Edgar gets the name Allan because he was adopted by John and Frances Allan.
3. True or False? John Allan dies and leaves a large sum of money to Edgar.
4. Poe marries his 13 year old cousin named Virginia Clemm in the year 1836.
5. In 1847, Poe’s wife dies of tuberculosis. The next year, he tries to marry Sarah Helen Whitman.
B. Poe’s Famous Works (you need to be able to name any three on the test)
a. “The Tell-Tale Heart
e. “Annabelle Lee”
b. “The Raven”
f. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
c. “The Pit and the Pendulum”
g. “The Belles”
d. “The Black Cat”
h. “The Fall of the House of Usher”
D. Literary Genres
Literature that is created from the author’s imagination and
did not really take place
a story based on the impact of actual, imagined, or
potential science, usually set in the future or on other
fiction set in other worlds often with superhuman characters
fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling
of secrets
mystery/ detective fiction
fiction that could actually happen and is true to life
realistic fiction
a story with fictional characters and events that are based
on true historical time periods and events
historical fiction
literature that contains only true facts
the story of a person’s life written by someone else
the story of a person’s life written by that person
a story about an important event or stage in a person’s life
written by that person
A short literary composition on a single subject, usually
presenting the personal view of the author
the story of a true event
narrative nonfiction
A written work that tells a story through action and speech
and is meant to be acted on a stage. This genre could be
fiction or nonfiction.
E. What We Owe to Poe
Inventor of the Detective Story
o Poe created the formula for detective fiction in his short story “The Murders of the Rue Morgue.”
o Sir Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, imitated Poe’s characters and plot in his
A Pioneer of Science Fiction
o Poe made science fiction more realistic and meaningful to readers.
o He inspired many of today’s popular sci-fi authors.
Master of the Psychological Horror Story
o Poe wrote about horror because he considered it an important part of the human experience.
o He set his stories in familiar places and concentrated on what goes on in the human brain.
America’s First Great Literary Critic
o Poe evaluated the work of many popular American authors and was not afraid to criticize them.
o He established the criteria for a good short story.
New Vocabulary
From “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
1. It was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.
2. His stifled voice spoke to me from the other side of the door.
3. The old man’s fear stimulates his heart to beat faster.
4. Can you believe he had the audacity to lie to the police?
5. He was convinced that their smiles were hypocritical; he was sure they knew the truth.
Vocabulary Definitions
1. vexed v. to make angry or to annoy; adj. annoyed; angry
2. stifled: adj. held back or muffled; v. to smother or suffocate
3. stimulate: v. to make active or more active
4. audacity: n. reckless courage
5. hypocritical: adj. fake; pretending to be something one isn’t