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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. The condemned man thinks the loud sound is like _____________________.
(a) Horses' hooves.
(b) Thunder.
(c) A clanging bell.
(d) A blacksmith's hammer.

2. The rope around the man's neck is attached to ______________________.
(a) A cross timber.
(b) A tree.
(c) A scaffold.
(d) A forklift.

3. In what state is the man located?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Arizona.
(c) Alabama.
(d) Arkansas.

4. Where is the man standing at the beginning of Part 1?
(a) A cave.
(b) A railroad bridge.
(c) An alley.
(d) A city street.

5. What do the man's clothes indicate about him?
(a) He is a criminal.
(b) He has been sucessful.
(c) He is a soldier.
(d) He is too young to die.

Short Answer Questions

1. The condemned man feels as if his ears _______________________.

2. What does the captain do after giving the signal to the sergeant?

3. What does the condemned man note about the driftwood in the water below?

4. What is the man standing on?

5. Which of the following does NOT describe the condemned man?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how the metallic sound affects the man and what does he discover is the source of the sound?

3. How does Peyton reveal that he is thinking of violating the posted notice in order to help the Southern cause?

4. What physical pain returns to Peyton as he walks on the road?

5. Describe the vortex in which Peyton finds himself after thinking he was safe from the Federal soldiers.

6. What questions does the author plant in the reader's mind about why Peyton was selected for the encounter with the Federal scout?

7. What is the unwritten rule guiding the soldiers in their demeanor at the execution?

8. Explain how Peyton ends up in a forest.

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

10. How does Part 1 end?

(see the answer keys)

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