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 many doctors inform Henry of Bruce's condition in Chapter 1?

2. Where do Henry and Katie meet to talk about Bruce's condition?

3. What does Bruce do while fighting in World War II?

4. How many courses has Henry taken about selling insurance?

5. What time is it when Henry receives the phone call in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Henry convince Bruce that he is not dumb?

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

10. What is Tegwar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Henry and Bruce visit the small town of Mill, Georgia as Bruce shows Henry where he spent his childhood.

1) Describe the characteristics of the small town of Mill, Georgia, and life in the country.

2) Explain how life in the country compares to life in the city, and if the comparison is also relevant to Bruce and Henry.

3) Analyze how Henry and Bruce each view the way of living in Mill, Georgia, and locations in general.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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