The Red Badge of Courage: Themes & Analysis


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By the end of The Red Badge of Courage, what does Henry think is true courage?

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1. In what way(s) does The Red Badge of Courage portray solitude?

2. In The Red Badge of Courage, why does Henry compare the Confederate soldiers to dragons?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Red Badge of Courage is a novel rich in themes, imagery, and symbolism. This combination quiz/worksheet will test your knowledge of this novel by Stephen Crane. You will be tested on areas that include way(s) in which the novel illustrates solitude and the symbolism of the color red.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments test you on the following:

  • Henry's comparison of Confederate soldiers to dragons
  • Aspect of the novel that many denounced
  • Henry's view of true courage by the end of the story

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Crane's symbolic use of the color red and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the novel's portrayal of solitude
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why many people criticized the novel

Additional Learning

To learn more about this novel by Stephen Crane, review the accompanying lesson, The Red Badge of Courage: Themes & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the themes of the novel
  • Differentiate between naturalism and romanticism
  • Understand the significance of this story