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 dangerous undertaking does Henry do after the flag bearer is killed?

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

3. Who do Henry and his friend tell what they have overheard?

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

5. What are the men doing in the forest as Henry nears his regiment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 why there is no glamor in war. Include those combatants who do not return, those who return with physical injuries, and those who return with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to illustrate your thesis. Also include the casualties of innocent civilians.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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