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 does Henry typically sell insurance to?

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

3. What causes Henry to think that Bruce's father knows about his condition?

4. Which reference does Henry make in order to convince Bruce that he is not stupid?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dutch finally discover the truth about Bruce's condition in Chapter 14?

3. What is Tegwar?

4. How is the team doing with the new coaching and awareness of Bruce's condition?

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

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

7. Who selects the flowers to send to the funeral for Bruce's mother, and why?

8. Which question does Dutch repeatedly ask Bruce, and why?

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

10. Why is the doctor delayed at getting to Bruce in Chapter 11, and how does Henry find out that Horse also knows about Bruce's condition?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the reasons for why the popularity of Bang the Drum Slowly has been maintained for a number of decades, how the main themes of the book can be applied to people universally, and the effect that the book might have had on the game of baseball.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the balance that Harris provides with the events in the book by describing three examples of how one event balances another. Also, explain what the balance of events adds to the plot, the characters, and the overall message of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Loyalty is a main theme in Bang the Drum Slowly.

1) Explain why loyalty is a strong theme for fictional literature.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry's loyalty for Bruce is displayed in the book.

3) Analyze the importance of loyalty, how it is earned, and what it represents for people.

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