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 is Henry's first impression as he wakes the next morning after returning to his regiment?

2. As the men of the regiment fight like wild animals, what happens suddenly?

3. What surprises Henry about his head wound?

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

5. What does a higher ranking officer do to the lieutenant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Henry distinguish himself that day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the effects on the people soldiers leave behind when they go off to war. Begin with Henry's mother and the dark-haired girl. Then include more modern examples of this kind of separation.

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