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. Who does Henry typically sell insurance to?

2. What decision does Henry make about Bruce's illness in Chapter 2?

3. What causes Henry to think that Bruce's father knows about his condition?

4. Which reference does Henry make in order to convince Bruce that he is not stupid?

5. What causes Dutch to agree to the clause that Henry insists on including in his contract?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bruce's condition causing him to think about things differently in Chapter 4?

2. How does Dutch finally discover the truth about Bruce's condition in Chapter 14?

3. What is Tegwar?

4. How is the team doing with the new coaching and awareness of Bruce's condition?

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

6. What happens when Katie takes Henry, Holly, and Bruce to dinner in Chapter 10?

7. Who selects the flowers to send to the funeral for Bruce's mother, and why?

8. Which question does Dutch repeatedly ask Bruce, and why?

9. Who is Katie and why does she call Henry?

10. Why is the doctor delayed at getting to Bruce in Chapter 11, and how does Henry find out that Horse also knows about Bruce's condition?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Some of the strongest elements of Bang the Drum Slowly are the inspiring effects of the story.

1) Explain why people would be inspired by reading the book.

2) Describe three events that are inspiring from the story.

3) Analyze the powerful effect that literature can have on the reader and which elements make a fictional work the most inspiring.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature, by detailing three examples from Bang the Drum Slowly.

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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