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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 color eyes does the condemned man have?

2. What crime has the condemned man committed?

3. According to the soldiers' ____________, death is to be honored.

4. The condemned man feels as if his ears _______________________.

5. The condemned man thinks the loud sound is like _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe what Peyton feels immediately after falling through the bridge.

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

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

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

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

9. What is the first step in beginning the execution?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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