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 doctors inform Henry of Bruce's condition in Chapter 1?

2. How many baseball seasons did Bruce play in college?

3. Which of the following do Bruce and Henry start doing in Chapter 4?

4. According to the story that Henry tells Dutch, why did he and Bruce go to Bruce's parents' house?

5. What decision does Henry make about Bruce's illness in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Bruce start playing for the Mammoths?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the relevance of perception vs. reality in the book by describing the reputation of three characters, how those characters would like to be perceived, and when/if the perception of a person is important in reality.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

In literature, actual events are sometimes referenced in order to make the story seem more realistic.

1) Explain three examples of real events that are mentioned in the book.

2) Describe how the technical side of baseball is included in the book, and how you think baseball fans and people who do not know as much about the game would respond to it.

3) Analyze the literary reasons for real events in a fictional story.

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