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 games each day does Bruce play with an amateur league?

2. What is Henry's initial reaction to what the doctors tell him about Bruce in Chapter 1?

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

4. In what way does Henry respond to Dutch's persistent questioning?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Which types of employment does Henry have as the story begins?

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

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

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

10. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

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

Harris uses various techniques in the story's narration.

1) Explain the styles of dialogue that are used and how they add to the effectiveness of the narrative and the characters.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry speaks directly to the reader as if he were not a fictional character.

3) Compare Henry's narration of certain characters with his opinion of them.

4) Analyze how the line between fiction and reality is blurred in the book and why.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the issue of intelligence is approached by Harris in the book and the message he is delivering about it. Include an analysis of the different types of intelligence and the way they are applied to specific characters.

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