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

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What major events occur in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?

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Ambrose Bierce's short story "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is justly famous for its twist ending and use of misdirection.

The story begins with the main character, Peyton Farquhar, a saboteur and large slave owner, is about to be hung for trying to destroy a railroad bridge.

The next major event is Peyton remembering that a Confederate soldier asked him to sabotage the bridge. He later turned out to be a Union soldier in disguise.

Then the rope around Peyton's neck breaks and he falls into the creek. He frees his hands and swims to avoid shots from US troops.

He then leaves the creek and walks through the forest. At night, he begins to see and hear things.

The next morning he finds himself back at his plantation. He runs to his wife.

Then he feels a blow upon his neck. There is a loud noise and a flash of light. Peyton never escaped. He imagined everything between falling from the bridge and the noose breaking his neck.

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In Part One, Peyton Farquhar is standing on loose boards with a rope...

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