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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz True or False

1. Obviously the pit and pendulum strike fear into the narrator—but what else does?→Death
2. When are the narrator’s best thoughts formed?→In the dark
3. No one dies in this story, so how is it about death?→Poe makes us ponder death
4. Why can’t the narrator figure out the shape of the room in the dark?→It is meant to disorient the narrator
5. What do the candles remind the narrator of?→Burning at the stake

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