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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