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“The Cask of Amontillado”
How would you categorize the reading? How does this determine our expectations? What are the conventions of this genre? Is there a typical example that can serve as a standard for our expectations?
Does the work fulfill your expectations or not? Which conventions or parts of the work fit or don’t fit? Are there surprises in the story? How did genre affect your expectations?
Could the work fit into another category? How might changing the genre affect our interpretation?
Why do events unfold in the order that they do? How does the conflict organize the action? How does the arrangement of events influence your interpretation? Does the plot create expectations in the reader?
Where are the natural divisions between scenes or episodes in the work? Do the divisions follow a certain logic or principle of organization?
What questions are left open by the text? Why do you think the author chose to leave this information out?
Who is the protagonist? Who is the antagonist? What type of conflict is it?