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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the privates do after moving away from the man?
(a) Stand in silence.
(b) Ride away.
(c) Pull away their planks.
(d) Wipe their brows.

2. The sergeant salutes the captain and ____________________.
(a) Orders the men to shoot.
(b) Moves to stand behind him.
(c) Rides away on his horse.
(d) Blows a bugle.

3. What holds the critical plank in place?
(a) A horse.
(b) An anchor.
(c) A rope.
(d) The sergeant.

4. How many sentinels stand guard over the men on the platform?
(a) 4.
(b) 3.
(c) 6.
(d) 2.

5. What crime has the condemned man committed?
(a) It is unknown at this point.
(b) Robbery.
(c) Murder.
(d) Spying.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can the condemned man's eyes be described?

2. Why is the man immobile?

3. What do the man's clothes indicate about him?

4. In what direction is the man looking?

5. What does the condemned man NOT wear?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the point of view used by the author in Part 2 and how can you determine that.

2. How can Peyton's devotion to the Southern cause be identified?

3. How can Part 3 be considered to be broken into two parts and how would the first part be characterized?

4. Describe the clarity of Peyton's senses when he surfaces.

5. How do the sentinels at the scene behave at the impending execution?

6. Explain how the author almost tries to warn Peyton by the statement of "All's fair in love and war."

7. What is the planter's name and where does he live?

8. How does the author use one word to indicate Mrs. Farquhar's devotion to the Confederate cause?

9. What is the irony that Peyton notes after he has landed in the water with the noose still around his neck?

10. Why did Peyton not enlist in the Confederate army?

(see the answer keys)

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