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. What does Henry receive during the contract negotiations?

2. What does Bruce convince the university to donate to his family while he is playing baseball?

3. How does Dutch react to the clause that Henry insists on including in his contract?

4. Which of the following is included in the things that Henry tells Katie about Bruce?

5. Different from the earlier location given in the book, which of these is actually Bruce's hometown?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henry do as he hears the phone ringing in Chapter 1?

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

3. How do Henry and Holly communicate while he is traveling with Bruce?

4. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Loyalty is a main theme in Bang the Drum Slowly.

1) Explain why loyalty is a strong theme for fictional literature.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry's loyalty for Bruce is displayed in the book.

3) Analyze the importance of loyalty, how it is earned, and what it represents for people.

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