The Cask of Amontillado

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By Edger Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

Born on January
19, 1809 in
Boston, Mass.

Parents died when
he was very young;
he was taken in by
wealthy relatives
Edgar Allan Poe
Poet, short story
writer, editor,
literary critic
 Genres included
horror fiction,
crime fiction, and
detective fiction

Vocabulary: Cask of Amontillado
accost
 To
approach
and speak to
boldly or
aggressively, as
with a demand
or request.
impunity
Freedom
from
punishment,
penalty, or harm
termination
 The
end of
something in
time; the
conclusion
destined
To
be
determine
beforehand
preclude
 To
make
impossible,
especially by
taking action in
advance
virtuoso
A
person with
masterly skill
or technique
in the arts.
fetter
 To
restrain
with chains
or shackles
repose
To
lie
dead or
at rest
implore
To
beg
subside
 To
become
less agitated
or active
Context Clues
AMONTILLADO
A
pale,
medium dry
sherry (a
Spanish
wine) from
Spain
CASK
A
sturdy,
cylinder
container
for storing
liquids
CARNIVAL
 Carnival time
in Spain is a
celebration of
the end of the
Lenten season.
catacombs
An
underground
cemetery consisting of
tunnels that lead to
graves.
trowel

A flat-bladed hand
tool for leveling,
spreading, or
shaping substances
such as cement or
mortar
motley
Having
elements
of great
variety
Palazzo
A
large, splendid residence or
public building
mason
A
person that
works with
stone or brick
flambeaux
A
lighted
torch
nitre
A
white/grey
colorless
powder used
in making
gun powder
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