Peyton Farquhar was a well-to-do planter, of an old and highly respected Alabama family 2. Why is he not a soldier, officer, or part of the army?
Circumstances of an imperious nature, which it is unnecessary to relate here, had prevented him from taking service with the gallant army that had fought the disastrous campaigns 3. How much time actually elapses between the opening and closing lines of Part III? Only a few seconds actually pass between the two.
4. Describe the setting at the opening of the story.
Its a Railroad Bridge in northern Alabama.
5. Describe Peyton Farquhar's last thoughts.
His last thoughts were of His wife.
6. Identify and describe the sound that disturbs the thoughts going through his mind. A cannon shot.
7. In the flashback of the story's second section, who visits Peyton Farquhar? A gray-clad soldier pays him a visit.
8. What plan does Farquhar conceive as a result of this visit? They (The Yanks) have reached the Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the north bank. 9. What does Farquhar imagine in the story's last section?
Escaping and making it back to his home.
10. Ironically, what is his real fate?
His fate is grim. (He dies)
11. Summarize what you think this story reveals about the psychology of a person in a life or death situation. I think its representation is that the moment when our life is coming to an end, when our soul leaves our body, our body releases a drug to relive some moments that we found significant. Like old friends, sharing a cigarette before the parted ways forever… 12. How does Bierce prepare us for the final outcome of the story? He doesn’t really. Or if he did it definitely didn’t prepare me for it. 13. Do you think the writer tries to enlist your sympathies toward either the Union or Confederate side? Or, does the story seem more focused on a more general theme about the nature of war? Cite details from the story to support...