Tell Tale Heart Comprehension Questions



#1. Why does the narrator kill the old man?

#2. Summarize the steps in his plan.

#3. Why do the police arrive?

#4. What sound drives the narrator to confess to the crime? Be specific.


Critical Thinking:

#1. In what way is the narrator careful about the means he uses and careless about whether his act is justified?

#2. Do you think the narrator feels guilty for his crime? Why or Why not?

#3. At the end, do you think anyone but the narrator hears the beating of the old man's heart? Explain.

#4. Do the narrator's cleverness and carefulness prove he isn't mad? Explain.