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. Who is the friend that Henry notices has changed since he last saw him?

2. What effect does the report of the lieutenant's chastisement have on the troops?

3. What does Wilson help Henry do?

4. What do the officers expect to find among the men?

5. What starts the battle in the forest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Henry eventually get back to his regiment?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What prompts the regiment to drive on in the charge?

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

10. During the next wave of battle, describe Henry's actions.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

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.

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