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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 condemned man note about the driftwood in the water below?

2. What is the man standing on?

3. What are the slack boards laid upon?

4. What does the condemned man focus on in the water below?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Peyton ends up in a forest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the road that Peyton discovers.

9. What is the unwritten rule guiding the soldiers in their demeanor at the execution?

10. How is the apparatus for hanging the man set up?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is your opinion of Peyton Farquhar? Do you think he was a willful man bent on his own destruction for his own purposes? Or is he someone to be pitied for his misguided sense of loyalty and duty? Or is he someone else entirely? State your position on Peyton and support your answer with rationale.

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 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?

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