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 does Dutch react to the clause that Henry insists on including in his contract?

2. What does Bruce realize about the little irritations in life in Chapter 4?

3. What does Henry keep track of when he and Bruce are separated?

4. What is Dutch's reaction to Bruce's explanation of why he stole the base?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Which questions does Dutch ask Henry in Chapter 7?

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

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

9. How does Henry convince Bruce that he is not dumb?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the balance that Harris provides with the events in the book by describing three examples of how one event balances another. Also, explain what the balance of events adds to the plot, the characters, and the overall message of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Some of the strongest elements of Bang the Drum Slowly are the inspiring effects of the story.

1) Explain why people would be inspired by reading the book.

2) Describe three events that are inspiring from the story.

3) Analyze the powerful effect that literature can have on the reader and which elements make a fictional work the most inspiring.

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