Online test: The Gothic novel

This is out language online test we have to do for October 14th based on what we have been studying: the Gothic novel.

1)Theoretical background:

Publish an infographic including the main characteristics of the Gothic Novel as a genre. Name at least two relevant pieces of work and their writers.


2)Writing Task:

Imagine you had to interview one of the  authors of these stories: The Cask of Amontillado, The Monkey’s Paw and The Yellow Wall Paper. Choose one. Find out about him/her and write the interview. What would you ask them? What would they answer? Publish your interview. (10-14 exchanges)


A: Good evening Edgar, I would like to ask you some questions.

B: Of course, darling. You may begin.

A: Could you tell me about your childhood?

B: Oooooh my childhood. I was born in 1809 in my beautiful London. My father abandoned my family when I was very young, and subsequently, my mother died from a fulminant cancer. I was sent to live with John Allan, a merchant. I always hated my foster family, until we moved to the USA, where John died and I inherited a lot of money.

A: What about your studies?

B: I went to study ancient and modern languages at the University of Virginia. I studied there for a year but I couldn’t afford it anymore.

A: Why did you enlist yourself in the army?

B: As I mentioned, I was very poor so I enlisted in the army to earn money. There, I made a lot of good friends who helped me to publish my first book titled “Poems”. After I published my book, I retired.

A:  Is it true that you were the first American that lived by the money he earned only by writing?

B: Yes it is, but I don’t recommend it. Sometimes, I had way lot of money that I could enjoy and waste. But also, I found myself begging in the streets for a penny. I think the key is to have a balance and always think in the future.

A: Did tuberculosis have a great impact in your life?

B: Of course. My mother and my father died from it. I already hated this illness but when I first saw that my wife, Virginia, had the same symptoms I felt I might go crazy.  I couldn’t stand my wife’s death. I started to drink uncountable amounts of alcohol and I was very depressed.

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