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. After Henry's performance in the battle where he had to be called back to the line, how is Henry perceived by his peers?

2. How do the men react to the approach of the Rebel forces?

3. In the charge, what gives Henry momentum to keep going?

4. What surprises Henry about his head wound?

5. What does Henry imagine himself doing sometime in the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After the charge, when they realized they were safe, how do some of the men return to their own lines?

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

5. What does this battle prove about the regiment?

6. How is Henry saved from having to tell a made-up story about his wound and separation from the group?

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

8. How does Henry receive what becomes his red badge of courage?

9. Thinking ahead, what image comes to Henry's mind?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the loneliness of being away from home. The essay should include the psychological effects of being in unfamiliar surroundings, and how some people handle such separation better than others. Include, also, the challenges of different customs and physical surroundings in a strange place.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the effects on the people soldiers leave behind when they go off to war. Begin with Henry's mother and the dark-haired girl. Then include more modern examples of this kind of separation.

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. In your critique mention Crane's use of literary devices, his ability as a story teller, whether the novel held your interest to keep on reading, and whether you would recommend it to other readers.

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