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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum: So It’s About a Clock in a Pit? Quiz Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Pit and the Pendulum? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is the narrator doing when he almost falls into the pit?

Trying to escape
Trying to measure the diameter of his cell
Trying to exercise
Running away from the rats
Q. Who is the picture on the ceiling?

The narrator
The judges
Father Time
General Lasalle
Q. What’s up with the pendulum?

It’s gonna cut him in half!
It’s measuring how long the narrator has been in the cell
It’s a swing
Q. How does the narrator escape from the pendulum?

General Lasalle frees him
The rats chew him out of his restraints
He pushes himself into the pit
He sets it on fire
Q. What happens after the narrator saves himself from the pendulum?

He falls into the pit
He breaks through one of the walls
He curls up and starts crying
The walls begin to glow and start caving in