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    The Pit & The Pendulum Test Review

    “The Pit and the Pendulum”

    Test Review

    10th grade - your test in on Friday, 10/22. This review will be collected.

    1. What crime has the narrator been charged with?
    2. When the narrator first wakes up, what is he afraid of?
    3. How does the narrator escape from the bandages that restrain him?
    4. The narrator narrowly escapes death from a pit, a pendulum, and what?
    5. What is the main symbol of evil in “The Pit and the Pendulum”?
    6. From what point of view is the story told?
    7. What keeps the narrator from falling into the pit?
    8. What does the narrator seem to suffer most from?
    9. The point of view used in the story is effective because the reader gets an insight into the narrator’s _________.
    10. Why is the horror of the narrator’s situation intensified?
    11. What is the method of death that most frightens the narrator?
    12. What does the trumpet blast at the end of the story symbolize?
    13. What does the narrator do when he first wakes up?
    14. How would you summarize the last events of the story?
    15. What in the story could symbolize hell?
    16. imperceptible
    17. prostrate
    18. ponders
    19. potent
    20. lucid
    21. lethargy
    22. tumultuous
    23. proximity
    24. insuperable
    25. averted
    26. -28. Repetition

    29. Extended Response: How does Poe’s use of the first-person point of view heighten the horror in the story? Support your ideas with at least two references to details in the story.

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