An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Questions and Answers
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Part 2 of the story is a flashback. List its events in chronological order. Be sure to explain who visits Peyton Farquhar and what plan he conceives as a result of this visit.

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Part 2 is a flashback where we learn about Farquhar’s background. Descended from a family of the Old South, he is a wealthy plantation and slave owner. Sadly (but for reasons not explained) unable to join the Confederate army, he feels obligated to help the cause of the South in any way he can. He wishes to experience the honor and glory of a soldier instead of settling for being a civilian who could not engage in combat.

One day, Farquhar and his wife are visited by a Confederate “gray-clad soldier” who asks them for a glass of water. Farquhar’s wife quickly and happily obliges; in the meantime, Farquhar asks the soldier about any developments on the front. The man notes that the Yankees are building a railroad to cross by Owl Creek Bridge, where they also erected a “stockade.” Any person caught obstructing the process will be hanged.

This news seems to put Farquhar’s mind in motion—he first asks the soldier how far away Owl Creek Bridge is and if anything can be done to...

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