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 angers Henry this time as the battle begins?

2. As Henry is observing the battle, what happens suddenly to frighten him?

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

4. Who does Henry spot as he approaches his regiment?

5. What does the lieutenant order the complaining men to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

8. What does Henry do to prevent Wilson from being reminded of how scared he was earlier?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the responsibility of command. Use the officer who berated the lieutenant within earshot of the troops as an example of bad command. Your essay can discuss teachers who have influenced you positively or negatively by how they used their authority. Or, include any person of authority who has had a similar impact on you like a boss or relative.

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 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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