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

3. According to the story that Henry tells Dutch, why did he and Bruce go to Bruce's parents' house?

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

5. What state is Henry traveling from to visit Bruce in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What description does Henry give for the small town country life of Mill, GA?

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

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

5. Which questions does Dutch ask Henry in Chapter 7?

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

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

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 Dutch's further questioning on the train?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle Bruce's life as it is outlined in the book, including the events he details and the change in perspective that he has because of his condition.

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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