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 realize could happen to him as he runs down the road?

2. Who catches up to Henry after Jim Conklin dies?

3. What follows the men returning from the battlefield?

4. How does Henry imagine the battle sounds he hears at night?

5. What is it that Henry believes he is the only man who can see?

Short Essay Questions

1. What part does glory play in motivating men to join in a war?

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

3. How does the camp react to the rumor of going to war tomorrow?

4. Explain how Henry begins to think about death.

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

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

7. Describe the pipe smoking friend's attitude about marching and war.

8. What particularly pleases Henry when he stops by his old school?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about advertisements for young men and women to join the military. Give your opinion on that as a recruitment process. Include how the attractiveness of the advertisement does not include the realities of being ordered into a war zone.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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