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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. Where does Henry's mother think he could be put to better use than in the army?
(a) in the navy
(b) on the farm
(c) as a postman
(d) in a schoolroom

2. Against whom does Henry develop a particular anger?
(a) himself
(b) the loud soldier
(c) the generals
(d) the tall soldier

3. What begins happening as runners come back out of the haze?
(a) the rumors and stories
(b) canon bursts
(c) heavy rainfall
(d) orders to march

4. What happens when Henry sees a man in front of him drop his rifle and run away?
(a) He shoots the man in the back.
(b) He yells for the lieutenant.
(c) He panics and runs too.
(d) He takes a bullet in the arm.

5. How does Henry describe Jim's wounds?
(a) like a split open watermelon
(b) like the hole in a doughnut
(c) like his side was eaten by wolves
(d) like a butchered calf

Short Answer Questions

1. What would Henry like to find by looking into the eyes of a corpse?

2. Where is Henry's regiment the morning he expects to be his first battle?

3. How are the troops feeling as they are still on the move?

4. What does Henry first blame for his guilty condition?

5. What unexpected action does Henry take?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Henry decide nature has done with him?

4. Describe how the men began to shed their knapsacks.

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

6. Explain how Henry perceives the men and wagons retreating from the battle.

7. What is happening all around Henry?

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

9. How does Henry mentally separate himself from other men?

10. How does Henry realize things are not going as they should?

(see the answer keys)

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