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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 is Henry shooting and reloading as the Rebels arrive?
(a) clumsily
(b) like a machine
(c) not very methodically
(d) very slowly

2. How are the troops feeling as they are still on the move?
(a) The heat and fatigue are overwhelming,
(b) They have high hopes of reaching the front.
(c) They can march like this for hours without resting.
(d) They are happy and singing.

3. What does Henry realize about the tattered man?
(a) that he is simply lonely
(b) that he, too, is about to die
(c) that he does not suspect Henry
(d) that he is faking his wounds

4. As the noise of the battle grows louder, what does Henry see that confuses him?
(a) fewer wounded
(b) a chance to slip back in unnoticed
(c) men leaving the battlefield
(d) the Rebels being pushed back

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Henry feel at times about the wounded men?

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

3. What describes the noises Henry hears coming from the Rebels?

4. How are Henry's comrades behaving in the face of imminent warfare?

5. What becomes Henry's grandiose image of himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Henry and his friend went to find a stream.

2. During the next wave of battle, describe Henry's actions.

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

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

5. How can Henry now anticipate a future?

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

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

8. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

9. What action does Henry take when the regiment begins to show signs of running down?

10. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

(see the answer keys)

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