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 does Henry's mother do for him before he leaves?

2. Where is Henry's regiment the morning he expects to be his first battle?

3. As a boy, how had Henry imagined himself ?

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

5. How does Henry first feel when he realizes that the Union has won the second battle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Henry's next encounter with the dead different from his stumbling upon the single dead soldier.

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

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

7. Explain why Henry wanted to stop and observe the dead soldier.

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

9. How does Henry assess the race to battle?

10. How successful is Henry at comparing himself to other of the troops?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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]

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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