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Support the development of close reading skills for high school with this worksheet composed of challenging questions designed to help students analyze a complex short story: “The Lurking Fear” by H.P. Lovecraft. This narrative has an estimated Lexile Measure of 1200-1300, making it an appropriate addition to horror- and Halloween-themed high school short story units, especially at the 11th and 12th grade levels. A detailed answer key is provided. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this activity, students will demonstrate an ability to do the following:

  • Analyze context clues and draw logical inferences about character motivations
  • Analyze the narrator’s remarks to infer how he feels toward the poor
  • Analyze Arthur Munroe’s actions and statements to discern how he is best characterized
  • Analyze how Lovecraft’s description of setting contributes to the narrative’s overarching mood
  • Define complex vocabulary and phrasing in context
  • Navigate specialized reference materials successfully
  • Analyze the text for literary devices such as sibilance and assonance
  • Analyze and articulate how meaning is conveyed through personification
  • Analyze textual details to infer and articulate the author’s intent
  • Analyze cause-and-effect relationships
  • Isolate a factual detail from false statements
  • Find and articulate relevant textual details in support of a claim
  • Articulate what the text indicates both explicitly and implicitly
  • Write with clarity, logic, and precision