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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 happens to Henry physically as he marches on toward the battle?
(a) He aches from pain, thirst, and hunger.
(b) He becomes nauseated.
(c) He trips over a dead soldier.
(d) He falls and breaks an arm.

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

3. What follows the men returning from the battlefield?
(a) stray dogs afraid of the noise
(b) military ambulance wagons
(c) horses that have lost their riders
(d) catcalls and bullets whizzing by their heads

4. What does Henry's friend reply to his offer to help him walk?
(a) Thanks, my friend.
(b) Others need help more than me.
(c) Help me sit down.
(d) Leave me be.

5. How does Henry's pipe-smoking friend feel about long marches?
(a) all right if there is a battle at the end of it
(b) all right because it is better than doing nothing
(c) all right if it only means a new camp
(d) all right because it keeps them in shape

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the tattered man say about wounds you cannot see?

2. How does Henry begin to feel about the battle he had been in?

3. What does Henry realize could happen to him as he runs down the road?

4. After walking around all morning, where does the regiment go?

5. Why does the lieutenant hold his hand away from his body?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

3. Explain what goes through Henry's mind as he contemplates going into battle.

4. Explain Henry's concern about walking with the wounded.

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

6. Describe how Henry's doubts and questions linger as he waits in the camp.

7. Describe Henry's mental condition after his first experience in battle.

8. What is Henry's problem that keeps him from returning to his regiment right away?

9. After convincing himself that it was a law of nature for men and animals to run from danger, explain how his theory is proved to be untrue.

10. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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