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 does Henry feel at times about the wounded men?

2. Where does the bullet hit the lieutenant?

3. How does Henry know that the Union forces had won this second battle?

4. How does Henry describe Jim's wounds?

5. What do some of the soldiers do to make marching easier?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Henry want to do when he happens upon a general astride a magnificent horse?

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

8. Describe the pipe smoking friend's attitude about marching and war.

9. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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 a critique of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. In your critique mention Crane's use of literary devices, his ability as a story teller, whether the novel held your interest to keep on reading, and whether you would recommend it to other readers.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the responsibility of command. Use the officer who berated the lieutenant within earshot of the troops as an example of bad command. Your essay can discuss teachers who have influenced you positively or negatively by how they used their authority. Or, include any person of authority who has had a similar impact on you like a boss or relative.

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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