Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” – Questions for Analysis
Standards assessed in this assignment:
    • Student analyses the language, content, structure, meaning and significance of both familiar and previously unseen oral, written and visual texts
    • Student analyses the effects of the author’s choices on an audience

Answer the following questions in complete sentences.  Upload these answers to your blog on a posting titled “Owl Creek.”
1. In Section I, Bierce includes few details about the condemned man and does not reveal the reason why he is being hanged. How does this help create suspense?
You keep wondering why he's there.
2. In what ways are the condemned man's perceptions of time and motion distorted as he is waiting to be hanged? Why are his distorted perceptions important?
The clock was ticking very slowly and the water was flowing very slowly. It's important is because it's leading to his death.
3. What is a sentinel?
It's a soldier on guard duty.
4. What is the significance of the man’s perception of his ticking watch?
It's his life running out.
5. In Section II, Bierce finally introduces Peyton Farquhar.  Why place this information in the middle of the story, and in a flashback?   How does this authorial decision contribute to suspense and our sympathies toward Farquhar?

It helps us realize his life is running out
6.  Why was Farquhar captured?  Why did the Federal scout lie?

Farquhar was captured is because he interfered with the railroad. The federal scout lied is because he wanted to capture him.
7. What details in Part III suggest that Farquhar's journey occurs in his mind? How is the journey connected with the plan of escape that occurs to him moments before he is hanged?
He was dodging bullets.  He was thinking about his kids  before he was hanged.
8.  What is the ultimate fate of Peyton Farquhar?  About how long did it truly take for the events of the story to unfold?
He died. It only took a few second for everything to unfold.
9. Why is the limited third-person point of view appropriate for this story? How might the story be different if Bierce had used an omniscient third-person narrator?

So it would keep us waiting.
10. Were you surprised by the ending?  Why or why not?

Yes I was surprised by the ending is because I though he made it out alive but then I realized that he was dead for most of the time.

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