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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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