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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.

Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • Think of a time when you were truly scared. Was the source of your fear real or imagined? Consider the causes of fear and its effects on the mind and body.
  • As you watch the program, think about the events in Edgar Allan Poe's life that made him an expert on this part of human nature and helped him create his terrifying tales.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • According to the program, death haunted Poe, and he saw himself as cursed. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  • Using the events of his life as evidence, support your argument. How did the events of his life affect his writing?
Suggested activity
Choose an author of horror stories writing today, like R.L. Stine or Stephen King. Make a Venn diagram to compare this author's use of symbolism with Poe's.