2. Why is he not a soldier, officer, or part of the army? Even though he supports the Confederate cause, it is usually not considered proper for wealthy men to go to war if they can pay for slaves or less-endowed men to fight in their stead.
3. How much time actually elapses between the opening and closing lines of Part III? Only a few minutes. He dreams of a long-term escape that takes up a lot of Acts 2-3, but it all took place within his mind as he feared his hanging.
4. Describe the setting at the opening of the story. A railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below.
5. Describe Peyton Farquhar's last thoughts. His last thoughts were him thinking he was somewhere where he really wasn’t.
6. Identify and describe the sound that disturbs the thoughts going through his mind. He hears the tick of his watch. It disturbs him because he has such little time left, and he distorts the sound so that it seems to take longer and longer for each tick.
7. In the flashback of the story's second section, who visits Peyton Farquhar? A Union solider, dressed to look like a Confederate, who means to lure him to Owl Creek Bridge.
8. What plan does Farquhar conceive as a result of this visit? He comes up with a stupid plan to set fire to the bridge, and whatever Union soldiers he finds there.
9. What does Farquhar imagine in the story's last section? He escaped, is free to return to his family. Other details are provided in the story.
10. Ironically, what is his real fate? He got hung.
11. Summarize what you think this story reveals about the psychology…