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

2. Which team does Bruce play for after college?

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

4. What is the weather like when Henry is flying to Minnesota in Chapter 1?

5. How is Henry pitching after gaining weight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which types of employment does Henry have as the story begins?

4. Which things does Henry discuss with Katie at the restaurant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the characters of Henry and Katie, their intentions, the influence they both have on Bruce, and their opposition to each other in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Bang the Drum Slowly ends with Henry's decision to live life with new priorities.

1) Describe the changes that have taken place in Henry throughout the book.

2) Explain how Bruce has caused Henry to understand which things are really important in his life.

3) Analyze the new outlook that Henry has on life and the future.

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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