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

2. What is the pipe smoking friend's reply when Henry asks if he might run away from battle?
(a) He says he probably will.
(b) He says he doesn't know.
(c) He says he isn't sure.
(d) He says it isn't possible.

3. What do the Union soldiers do as the Rebels advance?
(a) hold their breath
(b) ready their cartridges
(c) run for cover
(d) say prayers

4. What are all the men doing after the battle?
(a) making small talk
(b) keeping quiet
(c) thanking God
(d) bragging

5. Against whom does Henry develop a particular anger?
(a) the loud soldier
(b) the generals
(c) himself
(d) the tall soldier

Short Answer Questions

1. What amazes Henry after the Rebels retreat?

2. How does Henry's pipe-smoking friend feel about long marches?

3. What unexpected action does Henry take?

4. At what is Henry's anger directed during the battle?

5. Climbing over a fence, what does Henry discover?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is happening all around Henry?

7. Describe the source of the rumor of going to battle the next day that goes through the camp.

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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