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. Running down the road, what is Henry trying to do?

2. What are the running and retreating soldiers seeking?

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

4. Why is Henry jealous of the men leaving the battlefield?

5. Who does Henry meet up with as he walks with the wounded?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. Explain how Henry perceives the men and wagons retreating from the battle.

5. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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

7. How does Henry realize things are not going as they should?

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

9. Explain Henry's concern about walking with the wounded.

10. What is the reality of the situation during this first battle?

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 on the idealism of youth. Discuss how the lack of experience over-simplifies and makes difficult life situations seem unimportant. In the essay, include how typically young people have a sense of immortality that causes them to take risks an older person would not attempt. Give examples to back up your points.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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