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 is the team doing as the season officially opens?

2. Who does Henry typically sell insurance to?

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

4. How many doctors inform Henry of Bruce's condition in Chapter 1?

5. In what way does the group read and discuss each piece of mail in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Bruce start playing for the Mammoths?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Bruce call Henry in Chapter 1?

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

Loyalty is a main theme in Bang the Drum Slowly.

1) Explain why loyalty is a strong theme for fictional literature.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry's loyalty for Bruce is displayed in the book.

3) Analyze the importance of loyalty, how it is earned, and what it represents for people.

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

Bruce's illness demonstrates how a crisis can often bring out the best in even the most unlikely characters.

1) Describe the reaction of the other players on the team to Bruce's illness.

2) Explain which characters change the most and why the change could be considered surprising.

3) Analyze how a tragic situation can bring out the best in people in life.

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