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

2. How many people are watching Henry's Tegwar game in Chapter 8?

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

4. How many games each day does Bruce play with an amateur league?

5. What do the letters of the game, Tegwar, stand for?

Short Essay Questions

1. As explained by Henry, how does Bruce begin playing sports?

2. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

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

4. Why are the players complaining about time, and how does Bruce respond to their complaints?

5. When does Bruce leave the team to go back home?

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

7. Why is Henry hesitant to change Bruce's insurance policy?

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

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

10. What does Dutch do when he finally discovers Bruce's condition in Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Henry and Bruce visit the small town of Mill, Georgia as Bruce shows Henry where he spent his childhood.

1) Describe the characteristics of the small town of Mill, Georgia, and life in the country.

2) Explain how life in the country compares to life in the city, and if the comparison is also relevant to Bruce and Henry.

3) Analyze how Henry and Bruce each view the way of living in Mill, Georgia, and locations in general.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

While Henry is away from home, he and Holly use creativity to communicate with each other.

1) Compare the technology in the 1950s to current times and discuss which aspects of it are mentioned in the story.

2) Describe three examples of how creativity is used in the book to compensate for technology that had not yet been developed.

3) Analyze the role of technology in the settings for a fictional work.

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