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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 want to take off his body?

2. How many other men are on the platform with the man?

3. What does the condemned man note about the driftwood in the water below?

4. The sentinels are as still as ________________.

5. Which of the following is NOT a step in the hanging?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to startle Peyton out of his reverie of the beauty of the nature he sees?

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

3. What idea does the soldier offer up on how a person could accomplish something regarding the destruction of the bridge?

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

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

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

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

8. What can be determined about the condemned man by his appearance?

9. What is the setting for the story?

10. Explain how Peyton ends up in a forest.

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

Note the shifts in point of view in the story, sometimes even within the same part. Cite at least two examples of the shift in point of view and support your answers with reasons the author chose to write the story in this way.

Essay Topic 3

In Part 3, Peyton's dream adventure allows him to escape through a highly creative twist. Write an essay that follow along the lines of Peyton's dream, adding your own twists of plot, character and imagery.

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