An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Questions and Answers
by Ambrose Bierce

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State the situation Peyton Farquhar faces in Part 1 of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

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If the reader focuses on Part 1 and only Part 1, we don't actually know that the man on the bridge is Peyton Farquhar. We find out that information from reading Part 2 of the story, and we learn that he is a Southern plantation owner who gets caught for trying to sabotage the Owl Creek bridge.

Because Peyton Farquhar was caught trying to sabotage the bridge, he has been sentenced to death. When readers begin reading the story, we are immediately told that Farquhar has his hands bound behind his back and has a rope tied around his neck.

The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees.

The method of Farquhar's execution is ingeniously simple. At first, my students tend to have a tough time visualizing how exactly Farquhar is on the bridge, so I'll explain it in a bit more detail. The initial setup is very similar to pirates making a man...

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