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 are the running and retreating soldiers seeking?

2. When Henry meets up with a wounded man, what does the man want to know?

3. What does one of Henry's tent mates ask him to do?

4. Why is Henry ordered to get Jim off the road?

5. Instinctively, what does Henry feel about the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Where does Henry's regiment go and why?

4. What elates Henry and his friend as they are resting safely with the regiment?

5. How does the tattered man put another face on the victims of war?

6. Explain Henry's concern about walking with the wounded.

7. After the charge, when they realized they were safe, how do some of the men return to their own lines?

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

9. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

10. Describe what startles Henry when he wakes up the following morning.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about a student trying to rationalize away his or her not having done assigned homework. In the essay give examples of several excuses the student might make. Then point out why teachers seldom fall for such rationalizations.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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