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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. How does Henry begin to imagine himself?

3. Why has Henry delayed so many times from enlisting in the army?

4. What makes Henry believe that at last his chance to prove himself has come?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

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

5. How has Wilson changed since the first days of military camp?

6. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

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

8. What action does Henry take when the regiment begins to show signs of running down?

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

10. What does Henry observe as weariness comes over his comrades?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a story about some time in your life when you were very afraid. Use as much imagery as you can to make the reader feel the terror that went through you at the time. Include in your story what the fear prompted you to do or if it immobilized you.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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