“The Masque of the Red Death” In-Class Small-Group Activities (NOT HOMEWORK!)

NOT HOMEWORK! WE WILL WORK ON THIS ACTIVITY IN CLASS.

“The Masque of the Red Death” In-Class Small Group Activity (25 points)

Google Docs:

8-# (your section number) Masque of Red Death Names (first name, last initial)

example: 8-1 Masque of Red Death Liam C Brandon S Sam

Share your Google Doc with me: lbarthwalczak@ga.usmk12.org

PART I:

In a small group of three or four, answer the following questions in GoogleDocs labeled as instructed above. Do not divide and conquer; work together on the question, finish the question together, and then move on to the next question together.

1. How is Prince Prospero characterized, meaning how is he developed as a character through his actions, his speech, his thoughts, his appearance, and others’ opinions of him – including the narrator’s opinions of him?  What specific words or phrases does Poe use to characterize Prospero?

2. Describe the clock in the black chamber.  How does the clock affect the masqueraders?  Why do the masqueraders react the way they do to the clock?  What do you think the clock symbolizes?  Support your ideas with specific evidence from the story – including page numbers!

3. Describe the stranger who appears at the masquerade.  How do Prospero and the masqueraders react to him?  Who is the stranger and why has he come to the masquerade?  What do you think the stranger symbolizes?  Support your ideas with specific evidence from the story – including page numbers!

4. What do you think happens at the climax of the story?  What happens to Prospero?  To the stranger?  To the masqueraders?

5. What do you think is the theme of the story, meaning what do you think is the main idea, central insight, underlying meaning, or commentary on society or culture?  In other words, what would you say this story is “about” – in the same way “The Cask of Amontillado” is about revenge – and what does this story say about that topic – in the same way one might ask what does “Cask” say about revenge? Support your ideas with specific evidence from the story – including page numbers!

PART II:

On the paper provided, draw, label and color a map of Prince Prospero’s seven chambers. Pay very close attention to detail, especially on pages 58 and 61. Include in your map:

  • the blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet, and black rooms — in the correct order
  • the tall and narrow Gothic windows in each chamber
  • the closed corridor that winds through the suite of rooms
  • the braziers of fire
  • the ebony clock
  • a compass rose showing the cardinal directions with North at the top of your map
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