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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. After walking around all morning, where does the regiment go?
(a) over near the banks of a river
(b) back to Washington D. C.
(c) back to the original camp
(d) back to the same ground it had taken in the morning

2. How are Henry's comrades behaving in the face of imminent warfare?
(a) They refuse to think about it.
(b) They keep to themselves like Henry.
(c) They tell stoies about their bravery.
(d) They give off airs of being fearless.

3. What is it that Henry believes he is the only man who can see?
(a) that war is nature's way of sorting out the fittest humans
(b) that war is nonsense invented by madmen
(c) that war is nature's way of duping men into being victims
(d) that war is a game for bored civilians to play like chess

4. What amazes Henry after the Rebels retreat?
(a) that he cannot stand up
(b) that his ears are still ringing
(c) that he is still alive
(d) that the sky is still blue

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As a boy, how had Henry imagined himself ?

2. What is the feeling among the regiment?

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

4. What destroys Henry's rationalization about nature prompting him to run?

5. What do some of the soldiers do to make marching easier?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How would you describe the outcome of this first battle?

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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

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

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