The Red Badge of Courage Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Henry begin to think it would be better to be killed?

2. What happens to Henry physically as he marches on toward the battle?

3. What is the pipe smoking friend's reply when Henry asks if he might run away from battle?

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

5. What results from the order to move?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain why Henry wanted to stop and observe the dead soldier.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on why there is no glamor in war. Include those combatants who do not return, those who return with physical injuries, and those who return with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to illustrate your thesis. Also include the casualties of innocent civilians.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay with the thesis that no one should be forced to go to war. n addition to soldiers who daily witness the carnage and destruction, include the civilians who are faced with trying to cope with the devastation of their land and their lives.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about living with regrets. Using Henry's regret that he was so unfeeling toward the tattered man he allowed to wander off and die alone, enlarge your essay about how everyone has some regret to live with. Discuss how to deal with regrets as Henry did, considering them a kind of learning experience.

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