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 does Henry describe Jim's wounds?

2. What new fear rises in Henry as the result of the tattered man's question about his wounds?

3. As a victim of nature, what does Henry feel he is being denied?

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

5. Where does Henry's mother think he could be put to better use than in the army?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry find extra strength and courage during the charge?

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

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

4. 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.

5. How can Henry now anticipate a future?

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

7. What part does glory play in motivating men to join in a war?

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

9. As they wait in the trenches, what happens to the silence?

10. What motivates Henry to run back the way he had come?

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 the effects of rumor. In your paper, include how rumors get started and why they are most often wrong. Also mention how difficult it is to deny rumor when the majority of people around firmly believe the rumor is true. Explain when rumor can become dangerous.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the idealism of youth. Discuss how the lack of experience over-simplifies and makes difficult life situations seem unimportant. In the essay, include how typically young people have a sense of immortality that causes them to take risks an older person would not attempt. Give examples to back up your points.

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