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

2. After the pipe smoking friend leaves Henry, how does he feel?

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

4. How does Henry begin to imagine himself?

5. What happens the morning after the rumor of going to war was circulated around the regiment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henry decide nature has done with him?

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

3. How does Henry mentally separate himself from other men?

4. Describe Henry as he waits for the advancing Rebel army.

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about the responsibility of command. Use the officer who berated the lieutenant within earshot of the troops as an example of bad command. Your essay can discuss teachers who have influenced you positively or negatively by how they used their authority. Or, include any person of authority who has had a similar impact on you like a boss or relative.

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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