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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum: Quotes (Who Said What) Quiz Quiz

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Q. “To the victims of its tyranny, there was the choice of death with its direst physical agonies, or death with its most hideous moral horrors.” Which does the narrator get?

Physical agonies
Moral horrors
Q. “I longed, yet dared not, to employ my vision. […] It was not that I feared to look upon things horrible, but that I grew aghast lest there should be nothing to see.” What does he see when he opens his eyes?

Nothing. It’s completely dark
A pit
Father Time
Bright white lights
Q. What thing is described here?: “the whole hissed”

The pit
The snake dangling from the walls
The pendulum
The judges
Q. What was “the last of distinct accentuation which reached [the narrator’s] ears”?

His wife crying
The sentence of death
His own screaming
The judges saying “sorry”
Q. “I was an imbecile—an idiot.” What does this actually mean?

He is mentally handicapped by fear
He forgets what 2 + 2 is
He can’t move anymore