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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What puts Henry to sleep the first night in the new camp?
(a) a soldier playing a harmonica
(b) reflections of fire on the wall of his tent
(c) the voices of men gathered around a fire
(d) exhaustion from the day's march

2. As the noise of the battle grows louder, what does Henry see that confuses him?
(a) men leaving the battlefield
(b) fewer wounded
(c) a chance to slip back in unnoticed
(d) the Rebels being pushed back

3. What does Henry wonder about seeing?
(a) the angel of death
(b) the bullet that will pierce his body
(c) the next sunrise
(d) the monster from which all these men were fleeing

4. Instinctively, what does Henry feel about the future?
(a) He will have to live in exile.
(b) His mother will not welcome him home.
(c) He is hopelessly lost.
(d) He will work his way out of his predicament.

5. What does one young man of the battalion do at the first volley?
(a) He stands up.
(b) He runs.
(c) He vomits.
(d) He covers his head with both hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who catches up to Henry after Jim Conklin dies?

2. Where does Henry go to collect his thoughts?

3. Who impresses Henry when he stops by the school to say good-bye?

4. What follows the men returning from the battlefield?

5. What does Henry's friend reply to his offer to help him walk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the tattered man put another face on the victims of war?

2. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

3. What part does glory play in motivating men to join in a war?

4. Define the quandary Henry finds himself in after he has run from the battlefield.

5. Describe the situation behind the lines near the battlefield as Henry comes close to war for the first time.

6. What motivates Henry to run back the way he had come?

7. Explain why Henry wanted to stop and observe the dead soldier.

8. How is Henry's next encounter with the dead different from his stumbling upon the single dead soldier.

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

10. How successful is Henry at comparing himself to other of the troops?

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