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 retreating men not see?

2. What does one of Henry's tent mates ask him to do?

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

4. What makes it difficult for them to make out anything in front of them?

5. How does Henry imagine the battle sounds he hears at night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Explain how Henry perceives the men and wagons retreating from the battle.

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

8. What is happening all around Henry?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about finding the good that comes out of bad situations. Explain how the Civil War, one of the darkest hours in our history, resulted in a strong unified Republic. In your essay explain what might have happened if the South had succeeded in seceding from the Union.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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