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The Cask of Amontillado Questions and Vocab

Why did Montresor decide to kill Fortunato?
For revenge because he insulted him.

What is ironic about Fortunato’s name?
He is not fortunate.

What literary device is used here: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could.”?
Hyperbole

What was Fortunato’s weak point, and how did Montresor capitalize on it?
He was prideful in his knowledge of wine so Montresor tempts his pride by saying he will get someone else.

How does Montresor insure Fortunato will come along?
He tempts his pride and says he will get someone else.

Why does Fotunato continue underground among the catacombs when the mitre is making his cough worse?
His pride keeps him going.

What “sign” of the masons did Montresor give Fotunato?
He showed him that he had a trowel.

What did Montresor do to Fortunato when they reached the recess where the Amontillado was supposed to be?
He chained him to the granite floor.

Why didn’t Montresor resist?
He was drunk and dumbfounded.

How did Montresor kill Fortunato?
He bricked up the recess so he could not escape.

Why did Montresor’s “heart grow sick”?
The dampness of the catacombs.

In the last portion of the story, Montresor often repeats Fortunato’s words. What effect does this have?
It shows his madness and how he has no humanity.

What is ironic about the trowel?
It is a sign of the masons and Montresor uses it to wall in Fortunato.

What is ironic about the time of the murder?
It was during a carnival so everyone was having fun.

What effect does the first person narrative have on the story?
It gives the story authenticity and we get to know what Montresor is thinking as he is killing Fortunato.

A cylindrical container that holds liquids.
Cask

An undertaking that is dangerous or of uncertain outcome.
Venture

A rude expression intended to offend or hurt.
Insult

To inflict punishment in return for injury or insult.
Revenge

To make impossible, especially beforehand.
Preclude

Exemption from punishment or penalty.
Impunity

Customary practice; habit.
Wont

A person with masterly skill or technique in any field, esp. the arts.
Virtuoso

To approach and speak to in an aggressive or hostile manner.
Accost

Consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds.
Motley

To ascend to the top of; to be on the top of.
Surmount

To take unfair advantage of.
Impose

Impossible to endure; intolerable.
Insufferable

To leave secretly and hide, often to avoid the law.
Abscond

A person’s manner of walking.
Gait

A deliberate and emphatic gesture or motion.
Gesticulation

A concerted effort toward an end; earnest attempt.
Endeavor

A place where something ends or is complete.
Termination

A small cavity or recess in a wall.
Niche

To shackle; to restrict the freedom of.
Fetter

To astonish and bewilder.
Astound

Stubbornly adhering to an attitude or course of action.
Obstinate

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