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Unformatted text preview: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Study Guide "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Discussion Questions (P. 82 89, Norton Introduction to Fiction , Chapter 2) 1. Kyle James: What title would you give to each part of the story? - 2. Ben Schwartz: How do you characterize the authors style in Part 1, up through the middle of the fourth paragraph? Plain or ornate, sketchy or detailed, simple or complex, scientific or poetic and lyrical, objective and detached or impassioned and involved? (Note the structure of the sentences, the choice of vocabulary, and the use of adjectives and adverbs). What is the effect of this style? Is this a trustworthy narrator? Identify the two places where the narrator, instead of simplify recording factual observations, makes a sort of philosophical comment. Whose voice are we hearing? 3. Lauren DiGregorio: See the five types of point of view below. What type of point of view is used in the first part of Part I of the story? At what point does the point of view change? What type does it become? (Lauren, work with Taylor on this question) 4. Amelia Wolf: Discuss the significance of the sentinels' indifference to what was happening at the center of the bridge. What do you make of the phrases the sentinels.might have been statues to adorn the bridge" and the captain stood. . . silent, observing the work of his subordinates but making no sign? 5. Taylor Santypal: How would you describe the change in style about the middle of the fourth paragraph of Part I? What is the significance of this change in style? (Note that the change in style corresponds to a change in point of view). (Taylor, work with Lauren on this question) 6. Nick Lazio: Commentators have observed that Bierces story, although written in 1891, has an almost cinematic quality In Part 1, Bierce writes to the reader in a way that places the reader as a viewer of the scene. About where do you think this reader/viewer would be located with respect to the bridge and the company of soldiers? What is the effect on the reader of that placement? (Nick, work with Michael on your question). 7. Michael Boytano: Consider the discussion in Norton p.75 of focus. Throughout Part 1, there are several shifts of focus or field of vision. Describe the shifts in the focus, starting from the beginning to the end of Part I. What are the effects of these shifts? (Michael, work with Nick on your question) 8. Eddie Dines: Part I ends with these lines: As these thoughts, which have here to be set down in words, were flashed into the doomed mans brain rather than evolved from it...
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Fixsen during the Spring '08 term at Loyola Maryland.
- Spring '08
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