Pit and the Pendulum”
Answer the following questions as you read the
sentence have the judges just given the narrator at the beginning of the
happens to the narrator at the end of the first paragraph?
the return to life from the swoon there are two stages; first, that of the
sense of __________________________; secondly, that of the sense of
________________________. (p. 231)
if the impressions of what I have termed the first stage, are not, at
will, recalled, yet after long interval do they not come
____________________, while we marvel whence they came?” ( p. 231)
had the narrator arrived in the dungeon where it is flat and damp? (p.
suddenly there came back to my soul motion and sound – the tumultuous
motion of __________________________, and, in my ears, the sound of its
had the narrator not opened his eyes? (p. 232)
blackness of ________________________ encompassed me.” (p. 232)
narrator has a sudden fearful idea.
What does he imagine may have happened to him? (p. 233)
did the narrator tear a part of the hem of the serge robe he was wearing
and place it on the floor? (p.
he awoke, what did the narrator find beside him? (p. 233)
narrator resumes his walk around the dungeon and estimates its size. What estimate does he make? (p. 234)
narrator begins to cross the width of the dungeon but falls. What does he discover?
the narrator awakes after drinking the pitcher of water, what does he
discover about the size of the room he is in? (p. 235)
narrator studies the wall and finds that instead of it being made of
masonry, it is made of _________________. (p. 235)
narrator realizes that while he was in a drugged sleep, his captors bound
him to a wooden framework. What
parts of his body is he able to move?
image painted on the ceiling riveted the narrator’s attention? What does the image seem to be
holding? (p. 236)
does the narrator realize that what the figure on the ceiling is holding
is not a painted image? (p. 236)
had come up out of the well in the floor?
the narrator again looks at the ceiling, what disturbs him? (p. 237)
he had not fallen into the pit, how do his captors now plan to kill
him? (p. 237)
I put a portion of it within my lips, there rushed to my mind a
half-formed thought of _____________________, of _________________.” (p.
does the narrator rub over the bandage that ties him to the wooden
framework? Why does he do
this? (p. 239)
does he escape death by the pendulum?
narrator notices the pendulum immediately rises up once he escapes it and
realizes that his every motion is being watched. “I had escaped death in one form of agony, to be delivered
unto worse than _____________________ in some other.” (p. 240)
– Even while I breathed there came to my nostrils the breath of the vapor
of the _________________________.” (p. 240)
was happening to the walls of the dungeon? (p. 241)
do these walls drive the narrator?
was a discordant hum of human voices! There was a loud blast as of many
___________________________.” (p. 241)
caught the narrator’s hand? (p.