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. Where does Henry's mother think he could be put to better use than in the army?

2. How does Henry see his current suffering?

3. Why has Henry delayed so many times from enlisting in the army?

4. What begins happening as runners come back out of the haze?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the pipe smoking friend's attitude about marching and war.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the loneliness of being away from home. The essay should include the psychological effects of being in unfamiliar surroundings, and how some people handle such separation better than others. Include, also, the challenges of different customs and physical surroundings in a strange place.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about advertisements for young men and women to join the military. Give your opinion on that as a recruitment process. Include how the attractiveness of the advertisement does not include the realities of being ordered into a war zone.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE is not just a Civil War story but rather a story about the effects of war on young, impressionable minds. In your essay explain how this story could be set during any war in the history of the world.

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