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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. Which of the following does NOT describe the condemned man?

2. The sound becomes ______________ for the condemned man.

3. The rope around the man's neck is attached to ______________________.

4. Where is the man standing at the beginning of Part 1?

5. Who stands with the spectators?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the vortex in which Peyton finds himself after thinking he was safe from the Federal soldiers.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What other characters appear at the scene with the condemned man?

8. What questions does the author plant in the reader's mind about why Peyton was selected for the encounter with the Federal scout?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

Essay Topic 2

The final part of Peyton's journey at the end of the story has what could be considered religious and spiritual motifs. Identify at least two of these motifs and explain what would make them consistent with a religious or spiritual genre.

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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