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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Peyton is a civilian with _________________.

3. How did the soldier approach Peyton's house?

4. Why is Peyton drawn into the soldier's story?

5. What is Peyton Farquhar's occupation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bierce is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

In the surprise twist ending of Part 2, the soldier in gray is identified to the reader as a Federal scout. Write a brief essay on how and why Peyton was chosen as a target for the Federal army. Be sure to include your opinion on whether this was a random event or whether Peyton had been singled out for specific reasons.

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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