Masque of the Red Death

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Everything is in ruins.A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.So what does Araby Worth have to live for?Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
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In this 9th and 10th grade curriculum, annotations include links to pictural representations and video representing the Red Death, setting, and character development. Interactive videos support engagement and include foreshadowing, character development, irony, and theme. The Common Core aligned questions focus on character development, figurative language, and text connections with themes of trust and betrayel, past motivating the present, and consequences of ignoring a problem. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich annotations and media while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are embedded directly into the book.

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Chapter One

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In the opening paragraph, the author's word choice sets the tone.  What is it? 
The passage references corpse collectors and their carts. The image below is a recreation from the Edgar Allen Poe Movie Adaptation of Masque of the Red Death. (This annotation contains an image)
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This paragraph tells us something about the narrator. Looking at the word choice, what feelings is Araby showing the reader? 
When Araby says April doesn't understand the desperation and poverty, she equates April's understanding of this world to hers. This is character development. Watch the video below on character development. How does this passage not only help in developing April's character, but also Araby's?  (This annotation contains a video)
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How does Araby see herself? 
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What does Araby truly mean when she says "it would be an insult" in this sentence? 
This story is told from the first person point of view. Because of this, we see into Araby's feelings and opinions, not just her actions. Araby continually rejects her feelings; what does this tell us about her? 
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According to the highlighted passage, why does Araby come to the Debauchery Club? 
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This sentence is an example of which literary device? 

Chapter Two

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When Araby says Finn isn't mad at his parents, what is the implication? 
This is a flashback. Watch the video below to learn more about flashbacks. Araby shares this flashback after she's high from the drug injection. How does this flashback provide more insight into her character?  (This annotation contains a video)
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This last sentence hints that Araby has been lucky, but someone has not.  Given the first two chapters, who do you predict is the unlucky one she is thinking about? 

Chapter Three

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Why would the Akkadian Towers be considered an indoor Eden? 
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Why does Araby's wish to curl up in her mother's arms cause her more distress than the hangover from the drug? 
This is a paradoxical statement. A paradox is a statement that seems contradictory but holds a truth. How does this statement do that? 
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Why could the shipyard being open be a good thing? 
The day the shipyard was closed, the passengers on the boat were destroyed by the mob. How could this affect the feeling of a new ship coming to shore? 
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What about the meeting Araby witnesses changes her feelings from hopeful to ominous? 
Why does Araby immediately think her father is committing treason? 
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Prince Prospero is mentioned several times by Araby, as do his gifts- The Debauchery Club, The Akkadian Towers, the carriage.  The way Araby describes the carriage says what about Prince Prospero? 
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What does it mean to be a carrier of the disease? Why should no one speak of it, but kill them on sight? 
How does the imagery of this paragraph forshadow the brooding conflict of the city?  
Celibacy means abstaining from marriage and all sexual relations. 
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How does April's description of Elliot's opinion on life differ from the other people she and Araby know? 
This is an example of the medieval castle the Prince Prospero lives in. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Araby vowing to avoid things Finn never experienced? 

Chapter Four

In this passage, Araby states that the air is "more lived in" than her normal air. This is an example of imagery. Watch the video below about imagery. How does this example of imagery explain Araby's feelings about her home? (This annotation contains a video)
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In the highlighted passage, Araby says she is flooded with loss.  This statement shows her extreme isolation from people in her life. Is this something she can control? Use the text to explain your answer. 
Why does Araby care what the color in her hair represents? 
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In Araby's initial meeting with Henry and Elise, what does she learn about them? 
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In the highlighted passage, Will's statements are pointed. What is his opinion of Araby? 
In the highlighted passage, Will and Araby are having a heated conversation. This is an example of tension. Watch the video below explaining tension and its purpose.  (This annotation contains a video)
In the highlighted passage, the reader learns what happens to unattended children. What do you think happens to them after they are taken? 
Henry comes to Araby at a moment of extreme emotion. This creates a strong bond between the characters in Araby's mind because she connects him to her brother Finn. Henry symbolizes everything Araby loved. 
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Why does Araby have such a strong reaction to Elise having a mask while Henry does not? 

Chapter Five

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How does the flashback scene amidst the current scene explain more about Araby's guilt over her brother's death? 
Why does the childrens' attachment to Araby surprise her? 
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In the highlighted passage, what is the symbolism of the red scythe bleeding through? 
After Araby's description of the lower city in her journey home, how does the upper city's description differ? 
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What does Araby's return home reinforce about her home life? 
In the highlighted passage, Araby wonders about her mother's reaction. Why do you think her mother flinches? 
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What is the implication of Araby's courier searching the carts? 

Chapter Six

Exacerbate means to make a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling worse. How is Araby's mother exacerbating her fear? 
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Why is Araby being so cautious in searching for the garden entrance? 
Araby's description of the garden contains unfriendly, almost hostile imagery. Why would Araby feel like the garden is attacking her? 
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Why is Araby surprised April is part of a rebellion? 
In the highlighted passage, Araby doesn't just understand what happened to April and Elliott's father, she has experienced it. What memory could Araby be forcing away? 
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What is Elliott's initial impression of what motivates Araby? 
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What is Elliott's true motivation of contacting Araby for help with the rebellion? 
In the highlighted passage, Araby has to know if Elliott really writes poetry. Why is this important to Araby? 

Chapter Seven

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Why won't Araby succumb to fear of the bombings? 
In the highlighted passage, we know that Araby has knowledge of what is going on while her father still believes she's innocent. How is this is an example of dramatic irony? Watch the video below about dramatic irony to help you connect your thoughts. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Araby feel trapped? 
What motivates Araby to change the order to two masks instead of the one she wants for Henry? 
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What was the true intention behind the bombings? 
In the highlighted passage, we learn Elliott and Catherine knew each other before. By her reaction, we also know Catherine is upset Elliott is there. How does this change our knowledge of Elliott? 
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In the highlighted passage, Araby shares conflicting emotions. Why is Araby conflicted? 

Chapter Eight

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Why does Araby believe her mom is hypocritical towards Elliott instead of protective of her child? 
Araby's mother refers to Elliott and April's childhood. What can you infer about Elliott's upbringing from the highlighted passage? 
What do the masks symbolize within the story? 
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Why were the churches attacked during the rebel bombings? 
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Why did Elliott start wearing the mask again? 
Read this passage, Araby mentions the club feels different without April. Is it truly the club that feels different, or is Araby the one who is different without April? 
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If the men on their own floor are dangerous, why does Prince Prospero keep them in the Debauchery Club? 

Chapter Nine

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How does Elliot treat Araby? 
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Why is the book important? 
In the highlighted passage, Araby states she wants to believe Elliott, but does she trust him? 
Malcontent means a person who is dissatisfied and rebellious. How does this fit the emotional state of many living in the lower cities? 
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What does the white flower symbolize? 
Why doesn't Prince Prospero realize how dangerous the situation in the city is? 
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Read the highlighted passage; why does Araby hate violence? 
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Who does Reverend Malcontent want and why? 
Why is Araby's father valuable to whoever is in power? 
Chapters 1-9 Quiz 

Chapter Ten

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Araby thinks her father is disillusioned,in the highlighted passage, what is the best synonym? 
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What do you learn about Dr. Worth's character by his actions in handing out the apples to the needy children? 
Dr. Worth shows great compassion for the children in giving them apples. How does this compassion make him a target for others? 
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Reread the highlighted passage. Why is Araby afraid to ask her father if he blames her for Finn's death? 
There is another theme emerging in the story. What is it? 

Chapter Eleven

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Why are the men from the Debauchery Club looking for Araby? 
By telling Will her secret, she exposes her guilt to Will. How does this show her trust in him? 
Elliott continues to remind Araby that she should trust no one, yet she reveals her darkest secret to Will. How could this destroy Araby? 
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How have Araby's actions affected her family's safety? 

Chapter Twelve

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Why is Dr. Worth helping the young scientists  in secret? 
Reread the highlighted passage. How can Araby relate to he father? 
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What does Elliott truly mean when he says Prince Prospero is concerned? 
How does Araby's betrayel of her father weigh on her? 
Why is the engagement ring important? 
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How does the fear in Prince Prospero's  castle differ from the fear in the city? 

Chapter Thirteen

Megalomania means obsession with the exercise of power, especially in the domination of others. 
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What does Araby mean when she says the castle smells wrong? 
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Why does Araby refuse Elliott's advances? 
In the highlighted passage, Elliott's demeanor changes. Is Elliott playing a game, or does he truly have feelings for Araby? 
How is the mood within the castle affecting Araby's faith in Elliot's vision? 
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How has Araby unfairly judged her mother? 

Chapter Fourteen

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In the highlighted passage, Araby sees the diamond ring as useless but the courtier sees it as beautiful. What literary device is this? 
Watch the video below. Then reread the passage. How does Araby's choosing to ignore what is happening illustrate a theme?  (This annotation contains a video)
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In the highlighted passage, Elliott admits he's falling in love with Araby, but he also admits he would sacrifice her. Why does he tell her? 
What is Araby truly realizing about Prince Prospero and his need for control? 

Chapter Fifteen

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Why would the Prince poison Araby? 
Read the highlighted passage. Why is it easier for Araby to blame herself for betraying her father than believe Elliott has kept his promise about the masks? 
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All Araby wants is to return to her parents and ask for forgiveness but when she arrives home, she is alone. This is an example of which literary device? 
Araby is taking a dangerous risk to deliver the mask for Henry to Will's house. Why doesn't Araby deliver the mask to the Debauchery Club? 

Chapter Sixteen

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Why are the gang of boys after Araby? 

Chapter Seventeen

Read the highlighted passage. Is it really Will that Araby wants or what Will and his family represent? 
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Which of the phrases from the highlighted passage best exemplifies personification? 
In the highlighted passage, what does Araby's dream symbolize? 
Auspicious means giving or being a sign of future success. Why is today auspicious? 

Chapter Eighteen

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How are Araby's memories of Finn changing as she spends more time with Will, Elise, and Henry? 
Bemused means deep in thought or perplexed. Why is Will bemused? 
When Araby tells Will a story about Finn, she is exposing her vulnerability again. Why does she trust Will with this information, but not Elliott? 
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Where does Araby's distrust of her father come from? 
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In the highlighted passage, Araby says she hated people with brothers, but she has really been hating ___________ the most. 
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Why are April and Elliott so worried about where Araby is? 
Chapters 10-18 

Chapter Nineteen

Based on this comment from April, we should infer that Reverend Malcontent is the one who took her. 
In the highlighted passage, April makes it sound like Will chose to fight the guards and the Prince made him stop because he killed too many. Will's response infers a different truth. What could that truth be? 
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Why does Elliott think Araby's mother is safe with Prince Prospero 
Read the highlighted passage again. What is Elliott alluding to about Dr. Worth? 
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Where does the ugliness live? Does it live in the disease or in the people? 

Chapter Twenty

Is Dr. Worth making excuses for the choices both Araby and her mother made or is he explaining his own choices and actions? 
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Why is knowing Araby could be happy so important to Dr. Worth? 
What could Dr. Worth be giving Araby? 
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How does Dr. Worth know about the Red Death? 
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While sparring with Araby, Elliott is upset with her and attacking her with his words. Why? 
When Araby agrees to help Elliott as much as she can, what is she really promising? 
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How has the Red Death changed Elliott's plans? 

Chapter Twenty-One

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Why does April suspect she will be dead soon? 
Below is an artist representation of what the Effects of Red Death are. How does this picture compare to April's description of her encounter with the man who dies of the Red Death? (This annotation contains an image)
Araby realizes that Elliott didn't kill her father because he needs him. Why did Elliott let Dr. Worth run away? 
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Why do both Elliott and April lock Araby into Elliott's room in the Debauchery Club? 

Chapter Twenty-Two

Why would Will be printing the flyers? 
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In the highlighted passage, Araby is shocked by Will's suggestion, why? 
Why is Will so intent on Araby remembering there is good in the world? 

Chapter Twenty-Three

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Reread the highlighted passage. What is the mood of the crowd? 
Why does the mob react this way to the girl with the Red Death? 
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Who is Will helping? 

Chapter Twenty-Four

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What is Will's motivation for helping Reverend Malcontent? 
Why does Will's betrayal hurt Araby so much when she knows why he did it? 
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How does revealing the true way Finn died at the end of the story affect your understanding of Araby and her actions? 
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Read the highlighted passage. Why do Araby and her mother hide Finn's true death from Dr. Worth? 

Chapter Twenty-Five

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Who is the true identity of Reverend Malcontent? 
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Why does Reverend Malcontent want to sacrifice Elliott? 
Is April supporting Reverend Malcontent or protecting Elliott? 
In the highlighted passage, April calls the boy lucky. Which people are the lucky ones- the ones who live with the plague or the ones who die from it? 

Chapter Twenty-Six

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Why does Malcontent trust April to follow him? 
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What secret of Dr. Worth's must Araby finally accept? 
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Why must Elliott leave in order to save the city? 

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Why should Araby save Will and the kids when he willingly sacrificed her? 
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Why is it important that Araby is the one coaxing Elise up the ladder? 
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Even though Araby helps save them, will she ever forgive Will? 
Watch the video below. It is a clip from the movie that shows Prospero's party. Compare and contrast the clip to the character in the story. (This annotation contains a video)
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Dr. Worth's directions were for Araby to drink half and give half to someone she loves. Why does Araby give both portions away? 
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Why are Elliott and Araby going to choose the third option? 
Chapters 19-27