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

2. What is Henry's first impulse as he watches the battle?

3. What does Henry's friend reply to his offer to help him walk?

4. How does he think men perceive him?

5. How is Henry shooting and reloading as the Rebels arrive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is happening all around Henry?

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

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

7. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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

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

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 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 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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