An analysis of Ambrose Bierce’s popular short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” including the following: its themes; its plot; its characters; its historical Civil War background; and its brilliant use of real time vs. psychological time, which allows for its famous surprising ending. My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable for a homework assignment or as an in-class activity. You may also want to incorporate some information (such as the recognition and reversal, which in its depth is unique to my handout) in your own lecture notes or other class activities. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.