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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 does the man think of when he closes his eyes?

2. What crime has the condemned man committed?

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

4. What are the slack boards laid upon?

5. What is the man standing on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author use one word to indicate Mrs. Farquhar's devotion to the Confederate cause?

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

5. What is unexpected about the condemned man's appearance?

6. What does the condemned man view as his only chance at escape?

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

8. Explain the third step in the execution.

9. What does Peyton experience when the rope is finally removed from his neck?

10. What does the condemned man think of while closing his eyes and what breaks his concentration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of Mrs. Farquhar in the story. How is she perceived by her husband? By the soldier in gray? Do you think she had any idea that her husband was going to put his life in jeopardy? How do you think she found out that her husband was hanged by the Federal army? Write an essay encompassing all these facets of Mrs. Farquhar from the limited information available about her.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Bierce is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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