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. Why does Henry refuse to sign his baseball contract in Chapter 4?

2. How long does Holly stay in Chapter 4?

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

4. What is the main thing that Sid is known for thinking about?

5. Which of the following is the name of the insurance company that Henry sells insurance with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which activities is Henry doing while he waits for his contract negotiations in Chapter 5?

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

3. Why does Henry think that Bruce's father knows about Bruce's condition?

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

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

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

7. What caused Bruce to join and leave World War II?

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

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

10. As explained by Henry, how does Bruce begin playing sports?

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

The concept of time is a theme of the book that has the ability to connect with readers on multiple levels.

1) Describe three of the references to time in the book along with their context.

2) Explain how time is unintentionally taken for granted by some people.

3) Analyze the concept of time for Bruce and the characters around him.

Essay Topic 3

Bang the Drum Slowly ends with Henry's decision to live life with new priorities.

1) Describe the changes that have taken place in Henry throughout the book.

2) Explain how Bruce has caused Henry to understand which things are really important in his life.

3) Analyze the new outlook that Henry has on life and the future.

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