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"The Masque of the Red Death" Study Guide

1.) Connotation: What are some connotations of the following colors? Green Blue Red White Black Purple

2.) What is the Red Death? Describe it. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 3.) Why do Prince Prospero and his close allies retreat to the abbey? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ A.) What part of the plot is this? _______________________________________________________________ 4.) What do you learn about Prince Prospero from his desire and his attempt to keep his household free from the disease? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 5.) Compare life outside the palace with the life of the people inside the abbey. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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6.) What do the Prince and his minions do after several months of seclusion in the abbey? What does this tell you about Prince Prospero? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 7.) Describe the series of rooms inside the palace. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ A.) Note the order in which the colors occur: ______________________________________________________________________________________ B.) Taken as a whole, what mood do you think is created by the different colored rooms of the ball? ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ 8.) What makes the dancers stop their revelry? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ A.) Why do you think this has a dramatic effect on them? ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ 9.) Which of the rooms do the partiers not venture into? Why do they avoid this room? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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10.) Mood of the Masque Record Specific Details (Quotes) Inferences--What feelings are evoked about the masque and the revelers?

Summarize the mood of the masque and the feelings of the revelers:

11.) Why does the masked visitor frighten the masqueraders so? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 12.) What do you think the identity of the mummer is? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 13.) What does the mummer do? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 14.) How do the people react to the mummer? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 15.) How does the Prince respond to the figure's intrusion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ A.) What part of the plot is this? _____________________________________ 16.) What is the resolution of the story?

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_____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 17.) Characterization: How would you describe Prince Prospero? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ A.) What is ironic about his name? __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ B.) What are his character types? ______________________________________________________________ 18.) Symbolism: What do you think each symbol might represent? The Abbey Prince Prospero The Masquerade The Masked Figure The Clock The Number Seven East West The Braziers 19.) What allegorical lesson is Poe presenting in this story? (Theme) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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