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 many baseball seasons did Bruce play in college?

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

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

4. Which team does Bruce play for after college?

5. What causes Dutch to agree to the clause that Henry insists on including in his contract?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Henry do when he and Bruce are temporarily separated while touring?

3. Who is Katie and why does she call Henry?

4. Why does Henry leave a game of Tegwar in Chapter 8?

5. How does Dutch respond to Henry's contract negotiating?

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

7. How does Henry respond to Dutch's further questioning on the train?

8. How did Bruce start playing for the Mammoths?

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

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

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 3

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.

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