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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 causes Henry's moment of panic?
(a) He is momentarily blinded by the smoke.
(b) He remembers he forgot to pray that morning.
(c) He doesn't remember loading his rifle.
(d) He remembers thinking about running.

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

3. What sudden event takes place after the first retreat of the Rebels?
(a) The generals send new orders.
(b) They return.
(c) A storm arises.
(d) They are ordered to march.

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

5. How does the whole scene appear to Henry?
(a) common place
(b) terrifying
(c) super realistic
(d) dreamlike

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the feeling among the regiment?

2. What becomes Henry's grandiose image of himself?

3. How does Henry see his current suffering?

4. How does Henry picture the advancing Rebels?

5. What happens to Henry physically as he marches on toward the battle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Henry and his friend went to find a stream.

2. What does Henry want to do when he happens upon a general astride a magnificent horse?

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

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

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

6. During the next wave of battle, describe Henry's actions.

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

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

9. What elates Henry and his friend as they are resting safely with the regiment?

10. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

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