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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 literary technique does the author use when he says that death is a dignitary?

2. Which of the following is NOT a step in the hanging?

3. What signal does the captain give to the sergeant?

4. How old is the man to be hanged?

5. What is the position of the man to be hanged?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the darkness and uncertainty of the forest and what incentive keeps Peyton moving.

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

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

4. What is the condemned man's opinion on the execution method from his vantage point?

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

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

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

8. What other characters appear at the scene with the condemned man?

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

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

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

Bierce uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

In the surprise twist ending of Part 2, the soldier in gray is identified to the reader as a Federal scout. Write a brief essay on how and why Peyton was chosen as a target for the Federal army. Be sure to include your opinion on whether this was a random event or whether Peyton had been singled out for specific reasons.

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