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

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

3. How long does Holly stay in Chapter 4?

4. What time of day is Henry playing a game of Tegwar with Joe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Bruce call Henry in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Henry's opinion of Bruce changes after he discovers the seriousness of his illness.

1) Describe how Henry refers to Bruce before learning about his illness.

2) Explain the significance of Henry's reaction to the doctors when they inform him about Bruce's condition.

3) Analyze the change in the way Henry views Bruce after he understands the extent of the illness.

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