An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge: Summary & Setting


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Why is Peyton Farquhar being hanged?

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1. How does the reader know that the man who visited Farquhar was from the Union Army?

2. What actually happens when Farquhar is hanged?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In an An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Bierce blends a realistic setting with a narrative voice that makes his story a forerunner of 20th century novels that embraced stream of consciousness, a literary technique used to describe a character's state of mind. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand this celebrated story, which marks the beginning of a significant shift in modern literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Key elements of the plot
  • Definition of a frame story
  • Bierce's narrative devices
  • Elements of the setting
  • The story's surprise ending

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access information about the plot and setting in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to summarize the story and explain the setting
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the story's plot and setting to explain how An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge reflects literary realism
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of Bierce's narrative technique to examine this late 19th century story in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the summary and setting in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the plot of the story
  • Understand the use of the setting
  • Define frame story
  • Understand the story's use of time
  • Explain the significance of the story's shifts in narration