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 the team gather for training in Chapter 5?

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

3. How does Katie react to Henry's suggestion that she should get married?

4. Which of the following surprises Henry about Bruce as they are driving?

5. What is the name of the operator that Henry and Bruce are concerned will hear their conversations?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Henry and Katie, their intentions, the influence they both have on Bruce, and their opposition to each other in the book.

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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