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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color eyes does the condemned man have?

2. How many other men are on the platform with the man?

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

4. What is the man's probable profession?

5. Where are the sentinels standing guard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be determined about the condemned man by his appearance?

2. What does the condemned man view as his only chance at escape?

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

4. How does Part 1 end?

5. How does the soldier take his leave from the Farquhar home?

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

7. What does the condemned man look at from his position?

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

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

10. What idea does the soldier offer up on how a person could accomplish something regarding the destruction of the bridge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Denial takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

What is your opinion of Peyton Farquhar? Do you think he was a willful man bent on his own destruction for his own purposes? Or is he someone to be pitied for his misguided sense of loyalty and duty? Or is he someone else entirely? State your position on Peyton and support your answer with rationale.

Essay Topic 3

In Part 3, Peyton's dream adventure allows him to escape through a highly creative twist. Write an essay that follow along the lines of Peyton's dream, adding your own twists of plot, character and imagery.

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