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. Which Georgia town is Bruce from?

2. What does Henry label the doctors after hearing about Bruce's condition?

3. How long does Holly stay in Chapter 4?

4. How does Holly react to Henry's joking when he tells her about Bruce's condition?

5. What is the name of the scout that recruited Bruce after college?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Tegwar?

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

6. How do Henry and Bruce respond to the contracts they receive in Chapter 4?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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