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. What happens when Henry asks one of the soldiers what is happening?

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

3. Why must they charge the Rebels?

4. When the Rebels charge them again, how does Henry now feel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What action does Henry take when the regiment begins to show signs of running down?

4. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about advertisements for young men and women to join the military. Give your opinion on that as a recruitment process. Include how the attractiveness of the advertisement does not include the realities of being ordered into a war zone.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE is not just a Civil War story but rather a story about the effects of war on young, impressionable minds. In your essay explain how this story could be set during any war in the history of the world.

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