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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. The sentinels are as still as ________________.

2. What does the condemned man want to take off his body?

3. What does the man think of when he closes his eyes?

4. What role do the sentinels have in the impending execution?

5. In what state is the man located?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What surprise twist occurs in the plot an hour after the soldier leaves the Farquhar house?

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

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

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

9. Explain the second step in the execution.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does Bierce use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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