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

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

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

4. What makes it difficult for them to make out anything in front of them?
(a) the fog
(b) the smoke
(c) the darkness
(d) the rain

5. Why does Henry begin to think it would be better to be killed?
(a) to get some rest
(b) to escape his duty
(c) to have his troubles ended
(d) to teach a lesson to the lieutenant

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the feeling among the regiment?

2. What is Henry's first impulse as he watches the battle?

3. Against whom does Henry develop a particular anger?

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

5. What is distant and surreal in Henry's mind?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry assess the race to battle?

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

3. How does Henry mentally separate himself from other men?

4. Describe the situation behind the lines near the battlefield as Henry comes close to war for the first time.

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. How does the camp react to the rumor of going to war tomorrow?

10. Describe Henry's mental condition after his first experience in battle.

(see the answer keys)

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