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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. How has Henry always viewed himself in the world?
(a) as one who always follows orders
(b) as different from other men
(c) as less intelligent than others
(d) as unimportant and useless

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

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

4. How does Henry see his current suffering?
(a) as being fair because he is a coward
(b) as having followed the course nature laid out for him
(c) as an accident of nature
(d) as a burden that he sould not have to bear

5. How does he think men perceive him?
(a) as a worm in an apple
(b) as a piece of trash
(c) as a greased pig
(d) as a mindless monkey

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Henry first feel when he realizes that the Union has won the second battle?

2. What does Henry wonder about seeing?

3. Running down the road, what is Henry trying to do?

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

5. How does Henry regard himself in comparison to the ones who stayed to fight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How successful is Henry at comparing himself to other of the troops?

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

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

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

10. What is the symbolism of Henry's wounds being described as inner wounds?

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