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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 do all the men on the platform have in common?

2. What are the slack boards laid upon?

3. What is the position of the man to be hanged?

4. What color eyes does the condemned man have?

5. Who are the spectators for the execution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the second step in the execution.

3. Explain how the author almost tries to warn Peyton by the statement of "All's fair in love and war."

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

5. How does Part 2 help to fill in some information regarding the crime for which Peyton is to be hanged as learned in Part 1?

6. How does Peyton's walking take a more pleasant tone and where does he end up?

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

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

9. How did Peyton characterize himself?

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

Essay 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

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 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.

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