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. As a boy, how had Henry imagined himself ?

2. What does Henry wonder about seeing?

3. As the Union soldiers get back into position, what is happening?

4. How does Henry see his current suffering?

5. What does Henry's mother do for him before he leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

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

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

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

7. Describe the situation behind the lines near the battlefield as Henry comes close to war for the first time.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the importance of the red badge of courage to the theme of Stephen Crane's novel. Evaluate the title as to it effectiveness in arousing a reader to select the book. Also discuss how this badge differs from what is usually thought of as a badge of honor.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about living with regrets. Using Henry's regret that he was so unfeeling toward the tattered man he allowed to wander off and die alone, enlarge your essay about how everyone has some regret to live with. Discuss how to deal with regrets as Henry did, considering them a kind of learning experience.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about symbols that move people emotionally or cause them to act honorably. In your essay discuss symbols that particularly move you. Describe how such symbols cause reactions in people to whom they have special meaning.

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