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 do the Union soldiers do as the Rebels advance?

2. What does it feel like to Henry as he waits for the Rebels to charge?

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

4. What rumor passing through the regiment begins the novel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What makes Henry think the time has come for him to find out about himself?

6. Describe how Henry's doubts and questions linger as he waits in the camp.

7. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

8. Describe Henry's mental condition after his first experience in battle.

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

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE is not just a Civil War story but rather a story about the effects of war on young, impressionable minds. In your essay explain how this story could be set during any war in the history of the world.

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