An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Discussion Questions

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If your students are reading Ambrose Bierce's novel 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,' it can help to have some specific questions to guide your class discussions. This lesson provides a series of open-ended questions to get your students started.

Reading An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce can give students a chance to discuss important themes and topics, such as the nature of the Civil War and how time can feel strange to people experiencing traumatic events. The book is also a complicated one, in terms of plot, narrative structure, and literary style. This means that students can really benefit from a chance to discuss what they are reading in class.

A good in-class literary discussion lets students learn from one another and enriches their reading experiences. Specific guiding questions can benefit the overall discussion, leading to a deeper understanding of the content. The questions in this lesson do not necessarily have right or wrong answers; they are intentionally open-ended and designed to get your students talking and listening to each other as they work through Bierce's text.

Questions About Section One

These questions will facilitate discussions about the book's opening section.

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