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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What destroys Henry's rationalization about nature prompting him to run?
(a) the sight of the dead man with the ants crawling over his skin
(b) a rainstorm that comes up suddenly
(c) some wounded soldiers rejoicing over the victory
(d) a squirrel being eaten by a stray cat

2. How is the regiment treated on the way to Washington?
(a) ignored by everyone
(b) feasted at each stop
(c) kept out of the towns
(d) railed by angry citizens

3. What does one of Henry's tent mates ask him to do?
(a) to get him to a medic
(b) to say a prayer for him
(c) to cover him while he rushes the line
(d) to take a few things to his folks

4. What is distant and surreal in Henry's mind?
(a) that political differences can start a war
(b) that officers hold his life in their hands
(c) that things go on as usual back at home
(d) that the war happens in his own country

5. When they stop running, what do the men begin to build?
(a) walls around their new camp
(b) small fires to keep warm
(c) log cabins for the officers
(d) little hills out of anything they can find

6. What are all the men doing after the battle?
(a) keeping quiet
(b) making small talk
(c) bragging
(d) thanking God

7. How does Henry begin to feel about the battle he had been in?
(a) that it was only a minor incident
(b) that he had not understood the danger
(c) that it had all been a dream
(d) that it was far more dnagerous than what he ran from

8. What is Henry's reply when the tattered man asks again about his wounds?
(a) that his wound is a broken hand that cannot fire a gun
(b) that he was knocked unconscious and his head hurts
(c) that he doesn't want to talk about it
(d) that his wound is under his shirt and the bandages stopped the bleeding

9. How does Henry see his current suffering?
(a) as being fair because he is a coward
(b) as an accident of nature
(c) as having followed the course nature laid out for him
(d) as a burden that he sould not have to bear

10. After the pipe smoking friend leaves Henry, how does he feel?
(a) proud that he has such a friend
(b) sure now that he will run away from battle
(c) more alone than ever
(d) sure that he will not run away

11. What does Henry's mother do for him before he leaves?
(a) cuts his hair
(b) bakes him some cookies
(c) knits him some socks
(d) brushes his uniform

12. How does Henry begin to imagine himself?
(a) as a leader to end all wars
(b) becoming a wise general
(c) lying dead on a battlefield
(d) receiving a special commendation

13. At what is Henry's anger directed during the battle?
(a) the lieutenants
(b) the heat
(c) the smoke
(d) the noise

14. What new fear rises in Henry as the result of the tattered man's question about his wounds?
(a) that he will be sent back to the front
(b) that the man knows he is a deserter
(c) that he might get wounded like him
(d) that he will be found out

15. What are the running and retreating soldiers seeking?
(a) comfort in numbers
(b) replacement soldiers
(c) places to take cover
(d) escape from the madness

Short Answer Questions

1. What immobilizes Henry to prevent him for seeking out his regiment?

2. How is the horror personified among Henry's regiment?

3. What amazes Henry after the Rebels retreat?

4. Where does Henry go to collect his thoughts?

5. How does Henry's question about his bravery continue?

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