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. Where does Henry take refuge?

2. After getting his wound treated, what does Henry do?

3. Who do Henry and his friend tell what they have overheard?

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

5. What do the men at the front of the unit do when they halt in some trees?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How has Wilson changed since the first days of military camp?

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

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

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

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

9. What does this battle prove about the regiment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the importance of the red badge of courage to the theme of Stephen Crane's novel. Evaluate the title as to it effectiveness in arousing a reader to select the book. Also discuss how this badge differs from what is usually thought of as a badge of honor.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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