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 begins happening as runners come back out of the haze?

2. How does he think men perceive him?

3. What does Henry think the lieutenant is lacking?

4. What would Henry like to find by looking into the eyes of a corpse?

5. How does Henry begin to imagine himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the emotional impact of coming up on an unexpected scene of tragedy. In your essay discuss how this happens frequently when people discover dead bodies. Include the trauma that is likely to occur to the person who finds such a ghastly thing. Add to that the immobilizing effect of such a discovery and the probable reasons it is difficult to tear one's eyes away from it.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about comfort in numbers. Beginning with Henry's seeing a large number of men and wagons leaving the battlefield and how he was comforted by the thought that he was not the only one to desert the battle, write your essay about how people seek comfort in numbers. Explain that, as in Henry's case, the numbers may not be what one thinks they are.

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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