An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce


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  • 1. 
    Who wrote An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge ?
    • A. 

      Bierce Farquhar

    • B. 

      Ambrose Bierce

    • C. 

      Peyton Farquhar

  • 2. 
    What is the setting of the story?
    • A. 

      Owl Creek Bridge in northern Alabama during the Civil War.

    • B. 

      At Bierce Farquhar's home in northern Alabama during the Civil War.

    • C. 

      In prison northern Alabama during the Civil War.

  • 3. 
    The story's protagonist is
    • A. 

      Peyton Bierce

    • B. 

      Ambrose Bierce

    • C. 

      Peyton Farquhar

  • 4. 
    The story's protagonist believes the story takes place
    • A. 

      At Turtle Creek Bridge in northern Alabama, down stream fromTurtle Creek Bridge in Southern Alabama, and at his home.

    • B. 

      At Duck Creek Bridge in Southern Alabama, down stream from Owl Creek Bridge in northern Alabama, and at his home.

    • C. 

      at Owl Creek Bridge in northern Alabama, down stream from Owl Creek Bridge in northern Alabama, and at his home.

  • 5. 
    The obvious conflict is
    • A. 

      Peyton Farquhar vs. the Federal army

    • B. 

      Ambrose Bierce vs. the Federal army

    • C. 

      Peyton Bierce vs. the Federal army

  • 6. 
    Did this seem like a fair fight?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      In some parts of the story

  • 7. 
    Whay was the  internal conflict?
    • A. 

      as Bierce battles the fear of dying by remembering what is most precious to him.

    • B. 

      as Farquhar battles the fear of dying by remembering what is most precious to him.

    • C. 

      As Farquhar battles the fear becoming a slave and working on a farm.

  • 8. 
    Farquhar is hanged. During the short interval between his dropping and dying, he hallucinates plunging into the water, freeing his hands and neck, swimming to safety, and running into the arms of his wife.
    • A. 

      Major Story Events

    • B. 

      Minor Story Events

    • C. 

      Imaginary Story Events

  • 9. 
    What is the plot structure?
    • A. 

      The story is broken into three parts. Part 1 is the exposition. Part 2 gives background information on the story's protagonist. Part 3 contains all the action.

    • B. 

      The story is broken into three parts. Part 1 is the disposition. Part 2 gives background information on the story's antagonist. Part 3 contains no action.

    • C. 

      The story is broken into three parts. Part 1 isetting. Part 2 gives no background information on the story's protagonist. Part 3 contains civil war action.

  • 10. 
    What is the theme of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge ?
    • A. 

      Man vs nature

    • B. 

      The running, the happy life, the time for fun, and the reality of no war.

    • C. 

      the realities of war, the suddenness of death, the fluidity of time, and the distortion of reality and illusion.

  • 11. 
    How does the story's structure reflect "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" themes?
    • A. 

      The rigid narrative structure symbolizes the rigidity of the military and military code, a code that Farquhar has learned painfully. Within this rigidity is violence and death. Part 3 of the story distorts time insomuch that it is the longest section, contains most of the action, yet encompasses only a few seconds.

    • B. 

      The rigid narrative structure symbolizes the rigidity of the family and familly code, a code that Bierce has learned painfully. Within this rigidity is non violence and death. Part 3 of the story gives a true time insomuch that it is the longest section, contains most of the action, yet encompasses only a many seconds.

    • C. 

      This story symbolizes joy and faith in our fellow man to do what is right and noble.

  • 12. 
    At what point does the reader suspect Farquhar is only dreaming his escape?
    • A. 

      The point at which most readers become suspicious is the appearance of the perfectly tree-lined road leading to Farquhar's house and the preceeding swollen tongue and neck pain.

    • B. 

      The point at which most readers become suspicious is the appearance of the soldiers hunting down people and the running of on to the brige and jumping off.

    • C. 

      The point at which most readers become suspicious is the appearance slaves at the door of his farm, asking to hide at his home.

  • 13. 
    ____________________is a Southern planter of about thirty-five years of age who has been apprehended by the Union Army for attempting to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek. It is this crime for which he is about to be hanged. Farquhar is a prosperous farmer and slave owner from an old and respected Alabama family.
    • A. 

      Ambrose Bierce

    • B. 

      Peyton Farquhar

    • C. 

      Bierce Farquhar

  • 14. 
    Mrs. Farqhar
    • A. 

      Ambros's wife

    • B. 

      Peyton's wife

    • C. 

      Bierce's wife

  • 15. 
    Union Scout
    • A. 

      Soldier who wears South American colors when he rides onto Farqhar's plantation (flashback); asks for drink of water

    • B. 

      Soldier who wears Union colors when he rides onto Farqhar's plantation (flashback); asks for drink of water

    • C. 

      Soldier who wears Confederate colors when he rides onto Farqhar's plantation (flashback); asks for drink of water

  • 16. 
    A man disguised as a Confederate soldier. He plants the seeds for Farquhar’s sabotage and sets the disastrous course of events into action. His dual identity, which has him allied with the North but pretending otherwise, mirrors the gap between fiction and reality that serves as one of the story’s main preoccupations
    • A. 

      The Northern Scout

    • B. 

      The Sergeant

    • C. 

      The Eastern Scout

  • 17. 
    A Confederate officer. The sergeant conducts himself with the bearing of someone who may have been a deputy sheriff in civilian life. An all-but-invisible presence in the story, he is overly indulgent of the importance of his post and ceremonious nature of the execution.
    • A. 

      The Northern Scout

    • B. 

      The Southern Scout

    • C. 

      The Sergeant

  • 18. 
    After the board is kicked out from under him, Farquhar experiences
    • A. 

      An intense sharpening of his senses

    • B. 

      Despair and grief

    • C. 

      A surprising joy and relief

    • D. 

      Nothing

  • 19. 
    While Farquhar is under water, he thinks he’s going to die but
    • A. 

      The current is so strong the ropes break

    • B. 

      The soldiers rescue him

    • C. 

      The river carries him to safety

    • D. 

      His hands seem to work independently of his will and free him

  • 20. 
    At the gate of his home, Farquar is greeted by the sight of
    • A. 

      Yankee soldiers

    • B. 

      His smiling wife

    • C. 

      a blinding white light

    • D. 

      a battery of cannons

  • 21. 
    The last thoughts to pass through Farquhar’s mind when he is on the bridge are about
    • A. 

      Religion

    • B. 

      his family

    • C. 

      deputy sheriff

    • D. 

      Professional spy

  • 22. 
    Which of the following best reflects the use of the omniscient point of view?
    • A. 

      The writer objectively describes the scene at the plantation.

    • B. 

      The writer focuses only on Farquhar and his thoughts and feelings.

    • C. 

      The narrator reports that the gray-clad horseman was a Federal scout.

    • D. 

      The narrator gives a first-person account of the events.

  • 23. 
    Which one of the following statements about Peyton Farquhar is true?
    • A. 

      He betrayed the Confederate forces.

    • B. 

      Federal troops shot at him repeatedly.

    • C. 

      He was tricked by a Federal spy.

    • D. 

      He was a loner who had no family.

  • 24. 
    When Farquhar hears his watch ticking with an exaggerated intensity, Bierce is using the point of view known as
    • A. 

      Second-person limited

    • B. 

      Third-person limited

    • C. 

      objective

    • D. 

      subjective

  • 25. 
    On his homeward journey through the forest, Farquhar notices that the landscape is
    • A. 

      Beautiful

    • B. 

      Devastated

    • C. 

      barren

    • D. 

      deserted

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