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 see his current suffering?

2. What happens when a huge swarm of soldiers retreats with stragglers heading every which way?

3. Why does Henry begin to think it would be better to be killed?

4. How are the troops feeling as they are still on the move?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the symbolism of Henry's wounds being described as inner wounds?

4. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about symbols that move people emotionally or cause them to act honorably. In your essay discuss symbols that particularly move you. Describe how such symbols cause reactions in people to whom they have special meaning.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about how THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE is not just a Civil War story but rather a story about the effects of war on young, impressionable minds. In your essay explain how this story could be set during any war in the history of the world.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about growing into maturity. Usually it is a gradual process, unlike the two day transformation of Henry. In your essay include circumstances besides war that might cause a young person to mature quickly. [e.g., parents dying in a car accident leaving an older child to care for the younger ones]

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