The Pit and the Pendulum Lesson Plans
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Pit and the Pendulum Writing Assignment

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“The Pit and the Pendulum” Writing assignment

Choose one of the following topics about “The Pit and the Pendulum” and write a minimum of three paragraphs. Use evidence and details from the book to support your opinions.

  • Many short story writers in America in the nineteenth century said that they wanted to write a story that seemed like a dream or a nightmare. Show how "The Pit and the Pendulum" is such a story.
  • There is only one character in this story, and all we know about him directly is that he is caught in a horrifying dilemma. Describe what we can infer about his personality from his behavior; discuss how he attempts to cope with his situation.
  • How would you characterize the kinds of fears and anxieties that the protagonist faces? In what ways are they like fears and anxieties that all of us have?

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Here are three topics designed for Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and The Pendulum." This is designed to be an in-class writing assignment.