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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 is Henry's first impulse as he watches the battle?
(a) to kill himself
(b) to wound himself
(c) to return and fight
(d) to give up and go home

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

3. What happens the morning after the rumor of going to war was circulated around the regiment?
(a) an officers meeting
(b) nothing happens
(c) a forced march to the front
(d) a parade

4. As a boy, how had Henry imagined himself ?
(a) as a hero in wars
(b) as a school teacher
(c) as a politician
(d) as a gentleman farmer

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At twilight after running aimlessly in the woods, what sound does Henry hear?

2. What question is Henry's first rationalization for his having run away?

3. What new fear rises in Henry as the result of the tattered man's question about his wounds?

4. Why is Henry ordered to get Jim off the road?

5. What puts Henry to sleep the first night in the new camp?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain Henry's concern about walking with the wounded.

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

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

7. Describe Henry as he waits for the advancing Rebel army.

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

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

10. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

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