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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. Which of the following is NOT a rank among the men on the platform with the man?

2. The sentinels are as still as ________________.

3. How does the condemned man view the system of execution?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the second step in the execution.

2. Who does Peyton see coming to meet him and how does he respond?

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

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

5. Explain the third step in the execution.

6. Describe the clarity of Peyton's senses when he surfaces.

7. What happens just as Peyton is about to embrace his wife?

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

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

10. What is noted about the man's position and posture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The final part of Peyton's journey at the end of the story has what could be considered religious and spiritual motifs. Identify at least two of these motifs and explain what would make them consistent with a religious or spiritual genre.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Peyton Farquhar. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

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