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. What does Henry's friend reply to his offer to help him walk?

2. When Henry meets up with a wounded man, what does the man want to know?

3. What are the running and retreating soldiers seeking?

4. How does Henry describe his months in camp?

5. What warning does Henry's mother give her son?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What particularly pleases Henry when he stops by his old school?

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

6. What is the first rumor that gets started as a result of the battle?

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

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

9. How does the tattered man put another face on the victims of war?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the difficulty of keeping guilty secrets. Using Henry's second encounter with the tattered man, write about how hard it is to keep secrets when there are countless unanswered questions. Include why people often try to hide the truth and why it usually comes to the surface eventually anyway.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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