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. Where does Bruce seem to know a lot about nature?

2. Where is the hospital in which Bruce is staying?

3. How many months has Holly been pregnant when Henry leaves for the hospital in Chapter 1?

4. Where does Henry have coffee with the stewardess in Chapter 1?

5. What university recruited Bruce to play baseball?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry convince Bruce that he is not dumb?

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

3. Why does Bruce call Henry in Chapter 1?

4. What is Tegwar?

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

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

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

8. What happens when Bruce steals a base?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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