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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum: Symbols Quiz Quiz

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Q. Why isn’t the narrator burned at the stake?

He’s not a witch
He’s not flammable
His jailors want to make him think
It’s too wet out
Q. What does the pit symbolize for Catholics?

Q. What is Father Time holding instead of a scythe?

A cane
A pendulum
A cat
A knife
Q. What book does Poe constantly allude to?

Grimm’s fairy tales
Poe’s earlier works
Trial records from the Inquisition
The book of Revelation
Q. Why is Father Time on the ceiling?

He is the bringer of death
He is the bringer of life
He’s terrifying
It’s just a really cool picture