The Red Badge of Courage Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the source of the rumor of going to battle the next day that goes through the camp.

A soldier had heard it from a friend, who heard it from a cavalryman, who had heard it from his brother who was an orderly at division headquarters.

2. How does the camp react to the rumor of going to war tomorrow?

Reactions to the rumor are mixed. Some don't believe it because they had been camped for so long. Some are anxious to go, anything to stop the boredom of staying in one place. However, there is one private who wants to be alone with this news and his own thoughts of it.

3. What particularly pleases Henry when he stops by his old school?

Henry stops at his old school to tell his schoolmates goodbye. He is particularly pleased when a dark-haired girl seems to be sad at the news of his leaving. He also catches her looking at him as he leaves and vows to keep that memory.

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