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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 True or False

1. “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? -> Moral horrors
2. “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? -> Father Time
3. What thing is described here?: “the whole hissed” -> The judges
4. What was “the last of distinct accentuation which reached [the narrator’s] ears”? -> His wife crying
5. “I was an imbecile—an idiot.” What does this actually mean? -> He is mentally handicapped by fear