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 see his mother doing as he turns to look back?

2. What does the lieutenant do to the boy who tries to run away?

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

4. How is the horror personified among Henry's regiment?

5. What unexpected action does Henry take?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Henry decide nature has done with him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is happening all around Henry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. In your critique mention Crane's use of literary devices, his ability as a story teller, whether the novel held your interest to keep on reading, and whether you would recommend it to other readers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about growing into maturity. Usually it is a gradual process, unlike the two day transformation of Henry. In your essay include circumstances besides war that might cause a young person to mature quickly. [e.g., parents dying in a car accident leaving an older child to care for the younger ones]

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