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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. The rope around the man's neck is attached to ______________________.

2. What holds the critical plank in place?

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

4. What are the slack boards laid upon?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Part 1 end?

2. What does Peyton think has happened when everything goes cold and dark?

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

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

5. What is the fourth and final step of the execution?

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

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

8. What is the setting for the story?

9. How does Peyton's walking take a more pleasant tone and where does he end up?

10. What is the first step in beginning the execution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the story's title. What did the author mean by calling the story AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE? Isn't that just a little but of an understatement? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Note the shifts in point of view in the story, sometimes even within the same part. Cite at least two examples of the shift in point of view and support your answers with reasons the author chose to write the story in this way.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of living in denial. Identify at least two instances about denial in the story and then cite an examples to support your answers.

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