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2003 ACF Fall - Packet by Berkeley - #21 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
The titular event turns out to be a hanging rather than the shooting the reader is led to believe it is at one point. At various times, the protagonist is described as walking down a long road at night under a sky filled with strange constellations or on the way to see his wife and children. However, it turns out that Peyton Farquhar has never actually left his place of capture. FTP, identify this Ambrose Bierce story about the execution of Farquhar at the title structure.
Answer: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

2003 ACF Nationals - Packet by ACF Editors (#6) - #23 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
The title character likes to work with Harold Wilson, though he is disturbed by Harold's remark that he studies Latin like the violin, because he likes it. Although his brother is director in a bank, he prefers to ditch meadows for strangers in haying time. In response to Mary's final question, Warren announces the titular event. FTP, name this poem that appeared in North of Boston, a work by Robert Frost about a farm hand's demise.
Answer: The Death of the Hired Man

2007 ACF Regionals - Packet by Chicago A - #17 [report this tossup]
Literature — European
The titular event of this work is performed by Loren Passerine, as the protagonist learns from Genghis Cohen. The protagonist reads the Peregrinations of Diocletian Blobb, a text shown her by Emory Bortz, which may or may not be one of the final clues to a mystery. Earlier, she fails to use the Nefastis Machine properly, meets Mike Fallopian at the Scope, and attends a performance of Richard Wharfinger's The Courier's Tragedy, at which she first hears the word "Tristero." At the start of it all, she learns that she has been made an executor of the will of her late boyfriend, Pierce Inverarity. FTP, name this novel about Oedipa Mass, a work of Thomas Pynchon.
Answer: The Crying of Lot 49

2009 ACF Nationals - Packet by Playoff Bracket Play-In Game - #2 [report this tossup]
Literature — European
One character in this poem describes "nations striving strong" as being "mad as hatters", and another wonders "will the world ever saner be." Another stanza cites the drooling of the "glebe cow," as well as "the howl of wakened hounds" and describes how "the worms drew back into the mounds" after the titular event. Stourton Tower, Camelot, and "starlit Stonehenge" are reached by the sound of the title activity which "broke the chancel window-squares," and caused the narrator and his companions to think "it was the Judgment-day". Written in April 1914, its second to last stanza features Parson Thirdly, a character from the author's novel Far From the Madding Crowd, noting that he should have stuck to pipes and beer rather than preaching. Beginning "That night your great guns, unawares / shook all our coffins as we lay," for 10 points, name this poem describing English naval drills, a work by Thomas Hardy.
Answer: Channel Firing

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