The Raven Lesson Plans
by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven eNotes Reading Response Prompts

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  • What is the setting—time and place—of the poem? How would you describe the mood or atmosphere of the setting?
  • What do you learn about the narrator and his state of mind? What do you infer about Lenore and his relationship with her?
  • The narrator is reading “quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore.” Explain how the words “quaint” and “curious” can be interpreted in respect to the books he is reading. What kind of “forgotten lore” might be found in the books? Why do you suppose the narrator is reading these particular books at this time?
  • The poem is a narrative with characters and a plot. Summarize what happens that sets the plot in motion. Considering how the poem begins, what kind of story do you think the narrator will tell?

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These eNotes Reading Response Prompts are designed to encourage your students to read more effectively and with more pleasure by giving them interesting subjects to write about after they have read. Many of the prompts will take them directly into the text, while others will give them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

A second purpose of the eNotes Reading Response Prompts is to facilitate instruction in ways that work for you in the classroom. The organization of the prompts makes them easy to use, and the content and construction of the prompts are designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills.