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

2. What does Henry see that is his first encounter with the reality of war?
(a) destroyed fields
(b) the body of a dead soldier
(c) an abandoned canon
(d) wounded soldiers coming back the other way

3. What do the retreating men not see?
(a) the river blocking their way
(b) the men of Henry's regiment
(c) the trees in the woods
(d) the officers on horseback

4. Why does Henry wipe his eyes with his coat sleeve?
(a) Tree bark popped into his eye.
(b) He doesn't believe what he is seeing.
(c) Sweat is running into his eyes.
(d) He doesn't have time to use a handkerchief.

5. As a victim of nature, what does Henry feel he is being denied?
(a) justice
(b) pity
(c) commendation
(d) opportunity

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Henry describe Jim's wounds?

2. What is the feeling among the regiment?

3. What is Henry's initial reaction to the results of his first battle?

4. As the noise of the battle grows louder, what does Henry see that confuses him?

5. What does Henry see his mother doing as he turns to look back?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Henry think the time has come for him to find out about himself?

2. What does Henry do to prevent Wilson from being reminded of how scared he was earlier?

3. What does Henry observe as weariness comes over his comrades?

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

5. What is the reality of the situation during this first battle?

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

7. What does this battle prove about the regiment?

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

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

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

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