1. In Part 1, 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?
This creates suspence becuase he wants you to keep reading the story so you can find out why he is there going
to die right at the begining of the story.
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?
They are distorted because he has dreams about his family and that he was going to escape. These are important
because he wants us to think that he is going to escape from all these army guys without getting hit by a bullet and cannon.
when he is standing on the bridge he says that the river is running fast and then he says that it is running slow. then he
hears the ticking of the watch. so when he hits the water his sences get worse or they get more drastic.
3. What seems to be the narrator’s attitude toward Farquhar in Part II? What is the narrator’s
attitude toward war?
The narratore thinks that he is a wanna be soldier and he thinks that he has a big ego. His attitude
tword war is that he thinks that he is patriotic but in reality he is really clueless about the whole thing.
4. Considering the outcome of the story, what is ironic or surprising about Farquhar’s longing for the
“larger life of a soldier?” What is ironic about the fact that Farquhar agrees with the saying that “all
is fair in love and war?”
He thinks that he is a soldier and gets a life about a soldier and the other saying is ironic because he agrees
with the saying but then in the end then he is the one being killed, he gets caught and he gets hanged.
5. What details in Part III suggests 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 is dodgeing all these bullets and he thinks that the army men are missing him along with the cannon and
that would never happen unless they have bad aim
6. Explain wether you think the portrayal of Farquhar’s final thoughts and sensations is realistic.
I think that they are because if you were about to die i think that you would think of being back with your
family for just one more second. I think that is why he dremt that he escaped the bullets and canon and was in his wifes arms
when he died.
7. Point of view refers to the vantage point from which the story is told. 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?
I think that if the point of view that the story was told in were to be changed, it would have ruind the story
because we would know what was going on earlier and the story would have been boring the rest of the time.
8. How does Bierce’s use of flashback contribute to the effectiveness of the story?
He makes you think that he is really escaping from all the gun shots and the canon, then going all the way
back to his house with his wife and then he cant feel his legs or arms any more. then he jumps back and he is still hanging
from the rope and not back with his wife when he dies.