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

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

3. How does Henry's question about his bravery continue?

4. What causes Henry's moment of panic?

5. As the Union soldiers get back into position, what is happening?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Henry's problem that keeps him from returning to his regiment right away?

2. Describe the source of the rumor of going to battle the next day that goes through the camp.

3. Define the quandary Henry finds himself in after he has run from the battlefield.

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

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

6. Describe how Henry's doubts and questions linger as he waits in the camp.

7. What is happening all around Henry?

8. How would you describe the outcome of this first battle?

9. Describe how the men began to shed their knapsacks.

10. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write an essay about finding the good that comes out of bad situations. Explain how the Civil War, one of the darkest hours in our history, resulted in a strong unified Republic. In your essay explain what might have happened if the South had succeeded in seceding from the Union.

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