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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. When it is time for the execution, who moves away from the location first?

3. How many sentinels stand guard over the men on the platform?

4. What does the condemned man think is the solution for his predicament?

5. What do the privates do after moving away from the man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What kind of tension and feeling does the author leave the reader with at the end of Part 2?

5. What could account for Peyton's experiences in Part 3?

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

7. Who s present as spectators of the event and how do they conduct themselves?

8. What does the soldier tell Peyton about a notice that has been posted?

9. Why is the condemned man not a typical hanging victim?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Explain the role of men in the 1860s when the men in the story are living through wartime. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they enjoy that 21st century men do not, and vice-versa?

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