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 do some of the soldiers do to make marching easier?

2. How has Henry always viewed himself in the world?

3. What does Henry see that is his first encounter with the reality of war?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How can Henry now anticipate a future?

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

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

8. Explain why Henry and his friend went to find a stream.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on why there is no glamor in war. Include those combatants who do not return, those who return with physical injuries, and those who return with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to illustrate your thesis. Also include the casualties of innocent civilians.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about comfort in numbers. Beginning with Henry's seeing a large number of men and wagons leaving the battlefield and how he was comforted by the thought that he was not the only one to desert the battle, write your essay about how people seek comfort in numbers. Explain that, as in Henry's case, the numbers may not be what one thinks they are.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the idealism of youth. Discuss how the lack of experience over-simplifies and makes difficult life situations seem unimportant. In the essay, include how typically young people have a sense of immortality that causes them to take risks an older person would not attempt. Give examples to back up your points.

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