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The Tell-Tale Heart - Tasks

Based on this resource: The Tell-Tale Heart

Comprehension

  1. How does the narrator present himself in the introduction?
  2. Whom is he trying to convince that he is not mad, and why is it so important to sound convincing?
  3. Why did the narrator decide to get rid of the old man?
  4. How does he try to prove that he is not a “madman”?
  5. Did the old man suspect that something was about to happen? Explain.
  6. What provoked the narrator’s anger?
  7. Why was he so upset after committing the murder?
  8. What kind of precautions did he take after the murder?
  9. Why did the police officers call upon him?
  10. How did he ultimately reveal his crime?

Vocabulary/Writing

  1. Find words in this short story that are associated with horror. Make a word list.
  2. Use your word list and write a horror/ghost story.
  3. a. Use this link: www.goanimate.com by opening the program Monsters Mayhem and make an animated digital horror film with 2 scenes based on your text. If you add narration, you should use words from your word list. Add music and other sound effects..

    b. Explain your choice of characters, setting, motion and music.
    c.
    What do we have to consider when we adapt a story into a film?

Recommended films

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s film based on Roald Dahl’s short story and teleplay (1954) Lamb to the Slaughter.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s film (1963) of Daphne Du Maurier’s novelette The Birds (1952)
  • Kenneth Branagh’s film version (2004) of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1816)
  • Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s film The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks (1990)

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