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 does Bruce respond to Henry's decision to leave the game in Chapter 8?

2. What is it about Henry's story that Dutch discusses with him on the train?

3. How many games each day does Bruce play with an amateur league?

4. Besides selling insurance and playing baseball, what does Henry do?

5. Which day does Henry receive the phone call in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Henry reminded of when Holly visits in Chapter 4?

3. What clause does Henry insist be included in his contract?

4. How does Henry respond to the information that the doctors are telling him at the end of Chapter 1?

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

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

7. What does Henry do when he and Bruce are temporarily separated while touring?

8. What is Tegwar?

9. Why does Bruce call Henry in Chapter 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the issue of intelligence is approached by Harris in the book and the message he is delivering about it. Include an analysis of the different types of intelligence and the way they are applied to specific characters.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the contrast in subject matter and tone of Henry's narrative in Chapter 1 as the main characters are introduced. Also, provide an analysis of how the serious storyline is presented through the lighter thought process of Henry.

Essay Topic 3

Bang the Drum Slowly is preceded by the book, Southpaw, which was also written by Harris in Henry's narrative.

1) Describe three examples of how Southpaw is referenced in the book.

2) Explain why the character introductions in Bang the Drum Slowly are different than other fictional works.

3) Analyze the effect that a previous book with the same characters can have on the writing of fiction.

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