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. Where does Henry have coffee with the stewardess in Chapter 1?

2. Why does Henry refuse to sign his baseball contract in Chapter 4?

3. Which decades did Bruce help his father with farm work?

4. When does Henry say he will be back from his trip in Chapter 1?

5. What causes Henry to think that Bruce's father knows about his condition?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens on Henry's trip to Rochester?

3. How is Bruce's condition causing him to think about things differently in Chapter 4?

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

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

6. Who is Katie and why does she call Henry?

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

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

9. How does Dutch respond to Henry's contract negotiating?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze three examples of symbolism in Bang the Drum Slowly. Include a description of each symbol, how it appears in the book, and what it represents for the characters and/or the plot.

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

Analyze the relevance of perception vs. reality in the book by describing the reputation of three characters, how those characters would like to be perceived, and when/if the perception of a person is important in reality.

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