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. Who is wondering why Bruce is being played in the games?

2. What causes Henry to leave the game of Tegwar in Chapter 8?

3. Who does Henry typically sell insurance to?

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

5. Which decades did Bruce help his father with farm work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it particularly significant that Henry chews tobacco with Bruce?

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

3. What is significant about the games of Tegwar Bruce is playing in Chapter 13?

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

5. Why does Henry think that Bruce's father knows about Bruce's condition?

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

7. What happens when Katie takes Henry, Holly, and Bruce to dinner in Chapter 10?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature, by detailing three examples from Bang the Drum Slowly.

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