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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. Why is the man immobile?

2. Where are the spectators located?

3. The sentinels are as still as ________________.

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

5. The sound becomes ______________ for the condemned man.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the soldier tell Peyton about what the Yanks are doing?

2. How does Part 1 end?

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

4. Explain the second step in the execution.

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

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

7. What are Peyton and his wife doing at the beginning of Part 2?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for the story. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Bierce choose to use these places in the story?

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

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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