The Red Badge of Courage Test | Final 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. When the Rebels charge them again, how does Henry now feel?

2. What happens that begins to wear on the men's nerves?

3. What dangerous undertaking does Henry do after the flag bearer is killed?

4. What do Henry and his friend succeed in doing?

5. Why must they charge the Rebels?

Short Essay Questions

1. Tell what Henry and his friend overheard on the way back from the fruitless search for water.

2. Describe how the battle begins as Henry's regiment begins the charge.

3. As they wait in the trenches, what happens to the silence?

4. What does Henry do to prevent Wilson from being reminded of how scared he was earlier?

5. How does Henry find extra strength and courage during the charge?

6. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

7. How was Henry's reception back in the unit better than what he had hoped for?

8. What elates Henry and his friend as they are resting safely with the regiment?

9. What does Henry observe as weariness comes over his comrades?

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

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 about a student trying to rationalize away his or her not having done assigned homework. In the essay give examples of several excuses the student might make. Then point out why teachers seldom fall for such rationalizations.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about finding the good that comes out of bad situations. Explain how the Civil War, one of the darkest hours in our history, resulted in a strong unified Republic. In your essay explain what might have happened if the South had succeeded in seceding from the Union.

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