This 5 page, comprehensive, open book, fill-in worksheet closely follows the plot of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and provides background information to help students understand the storyline. This can be used as an in-class assignment, a guided reading, an open book quiz or homework. I use it as a paired, in-class assignment, and then we read it aloud to correct it and make sure the students understand the story. It is a very good "jumping off point" for class discussions. My students found it very helpful and inclusive. The time duration depends on how you assign this: to help the students as they read it the first time or as an open book quiz after completing the story. A KEY is provided.