Bang the Drum Slowly Test | Mid-Book 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. How many baseball seasons did Bruce play in college?

2. When does Henry say he will be back from his trip in Chapter 1?

3. What is Henry's initial reaction to what the doctors tell him about Bruce in Chapter 1?

4. What does Henry keep track of when he and Bruce are separated?

5. What state is Henry traveling from to visit Bruce in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Henry and Bruce respond to the contracts they receive in Chapter 4?

2. How did Bruce start playing for the Mammoths?

3. Why are Henry and Bruce concerned about other members of the team knowing of Bruce's illness?

4. What plans for the book does Henry discuss in Chapter 6?

5. Which things does Henry discuss with Katie at the restaurant?

6. Why does Henry leave a game of Tegwar in Chapter 8?

7. How does Henry respond to Dutch's further questioning on the train?

8. What side note does Henry make before leaving in Chapter 1?

9. Where are Henry and Bruce going in Chapter 2, and what do they talk about on the trip?

10. What happens on Henry's trip to Rochester?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the balance that Harris provides with the events in the book by describing three examples of how one event balances another. Also, explain what the balance of events adds to the plot, the characters, and the overall message of the story.

Essay Topic 2

Harris uses various techniques in the story's narration.

1) Explain the styles of dialogue that are used and how they add to the effectiveness of the narrative and the characters.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry speaks directly to the reader as if he were not a fictional character.

3) Compare Henry's narration of certain characters with his opinion of them.

4) Analyze how the line between fiction and reality is blurred in the book and why.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the reasons for why the popularity of Bang the Drum Slowly has been maintained for a number of decades, how the main themes of the book can be applied to people universally, and the effect that the book might have had on the game of baseball.

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