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. How is this charge a turning point for the regiment?

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

3. Who is the officer who chastises the lieutenant?

4. After Henry plants the flag in the ground, what happens?

5. What seems to be happening to Henry's perception as the shooting starts?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Henry's regiment go and why?

3. Describe what startles Henry when he wakes up the following morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does this battle prove about the regiment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the difficulty of keeping guilty secrets. Using Henry's second encounter with the tattered man, write about how hard it is to keep secrets when there are countless unanswered questions. Include why people often try to hide the truth and why it usually comes to the surface eventually anyway.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the effects of rumor. In your paper, include how rumors get started and why they are most often wrong. Also mention how difficult it is to deny rumor when the majority of people around firmly believe the rumor is true. Explain when rumor can become dangerous.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about comfort in numbers. Beginning with Henry's seeing a large number of men and wagons leaving the battlefield and how he was comforted by the thought that he was not the only one to desert the battle, write your essay about how people seek comfort in numbers. Explain that, as in Henry's case, the numbers may not be what one thinks they are.

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