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. According to the story that Henry tells Dutch, why did he and Bruce go to Bruce's parents' house?

2. Which of the following is included in the things that Henry tells Katie about Bruce?

3. What decision does Henry make about Bruce's illness in Chapter 2?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What influence does Red's coaching have on the team?

3. What is the difference in the way several players are treating Bruce since knowing about his illness?

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

5. Why does Bruce call Henry in Chapter 1?

6. How is the title of the book explained in Chapter 15?

7. How do Henry and Holly communicate while he is traveling with Bruce?

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

9. Where is Henry when he learns that Holly is having the baby, and how does it inspire him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of time is a theme of the book that has the ability to connect with readers on multiple levels.

1) Describe three of the references to time in the book along with their context.

2) Explain how time is unintentionally taken for granted by some people.

3) Analyze the concept of time for Bruce and the characters around him.

Essay Topic 2

Bang the Drum Slowly ends with Henry's decision to live life with new priorities.

1) Describe the changes that have taken place in Henry throughout the book.

2) Explain how Bruce has caused Henry to understand which things are really important in his life.

3) Analyze the new outlook that Henry has on life and the future.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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