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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. During what war does the story take place?

2. How old is the man to be hanged?

3. The remaining plank spans how many railroad ties?

4. What is the date of the beginning of Part 1?

5. What does the condemned man want to take off his body?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the second part of Part 3 begin and how can it be characterized?

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

3. What frightens Peyton about the night sky and walking through the woods?

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

5. How did Peyton characterize himself?

6. Who does Peyton see coming to meet him and how does he respond?

7. What do Peyton and the soldier do as Mrs. Farquhar gets the glass of water?

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

9. How does the soldier take his leave from the Farquhar home?

10. Why is the condemned man not a typical hanging victim?

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

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

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.

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