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. What reason does Henry provide to Dutch for going to Minnesota?

2. What does Henry label the doctors after hearing about Bruce's condition?

3. How does Bruce respond to Henry's decision to leave the game in Chapter 8?

4. Which of the following is the name of the insurance company that Henry sells insurance with?

5. What does Bruce do while fighting in World War II?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Bruce start playing for the Mammoths?

2. What side note does Henry make before leaving in Chapter 1?

3. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Bang the Drum Slowly is preceded by the book, Southpaw, which was also written by Harris in Henry's narrative.

1) Describe three examples of how Southpaw is referenced in the book.

2) Explain why the character introductions in Bang the Drum Slowly are different than other fictional works.

3) Analyze the effect that a previous book with the same characters can have on the writing of fiction.

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