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 is Henry thinking of as the phone rings in Chapter 1?

2. Which of the following is the name of the insurance company that Henry sells insurance with?

3. How is Sid described?

4. Which Georgia town is Bruce from?

5. Which one of the following is not mentioned as something that Henry does while waiting for his contract negotiation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Bruce start playing for the Mammoths?

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

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

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

7. How does Henry respond to Dutch's further questioning on the train?

8. What is Henry reminded of when Holly visits in Chapter 4?

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

10. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bruce's illness demonstrates how a crisis can often bring out the best in even the most unlikely characters.

1) Describe the reaction of the other players on the team to Bruce's illness.

2) Explain which characters change the most and why the change could be considered surprising.

3) Analyze how a tragic situation can bring out the best in people in life.

Essay Topic 2

In literature, actual events are sometimes referenced in order to make the story seem more realistic.

1) Explain three examples of real events that are mentioned in the book.

2) Describe how the technical side of baseball is included in the book, and how you think baseball fans and people who do not know as much about the game would respond to it.

3) Analyze the literary reasons for real events in a fictional story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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