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 is Henry's initial reaction to the results of his first battle?

2. What happens when Henry sees a man in front of him drop his rifle and run away?

3. Who impresses Henry when he stops by the school to say good-bye?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is happening all around Henry?

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

4. Discuss Henry's moment of panic.

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

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

7. How does Henry realize things are not going as they should?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about living with regrets. Using Henry's regret that he was so unfeeling toward the tattered man he allowed to wander off and die alone, enlarge your essay about how everyone has some regret to live with. Discuss how to deal with regrets as Henry did, considering them a kind of learning experience.

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 with the thesis that no one should be forced to go to war. n addition to soldiers who daily witness the carnage and destruction, include the civilians who are faced with trying to cope with the devastation of their land and their lives.

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