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 does Henry imagine himself doing sometime in the future?

2. What does Henry surmise as the men swarm toward where he is?

3. Why must they charge the Rebels?

4. Why do some of the men move back frantically?

5. Why is Henry only watching the action in this latest battle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does this battle prove about the regiment?

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

4. What do Henry and his friend manage to do that boosts the morale of the Union forces to make the Rebels retreat?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the emotional impact of coming up on an unexpected scene of tragedy. In your essay discuss how this happens frequently when people discover dead bodies. Include the trauma that is likely to occur to the person who finds such a ghastly thing. Add to that the immobilizing effect of such a discovery and the probable reasons it is difficult to tear one's eyes away from it.

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 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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