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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Peyton ask the soldier?

2. What does the soldier NOT do after he drinks his water?

3. What is Peyton Farquhar's occupation?

4. What is aroused in Peyton at the end of Part 2?

5. Why is the Federal army repairing the railroads?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Denial takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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