Bang the Drum Slowly Test | Final 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 idea does Henry get after the baby is born?

2. What is the name of the detective that Dutch introduces to Henry?

3. How old is Goose, prompting a celebration in Chapter 16?

4. Which position did Red play before retiring?

5. How long after the attack is Bruce's birthday?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What surprises the announcers during a game in Chapter 17?

3. What surprises does Bruce receive to celebrate his birthday?

4. How does Henry respond to Katie's threat and offer in Chapter 12?

5. 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?

6. Who is Mr. Rogers and which information does he have?

7. What is the difference in the way several players are treating Bruce since knowing about his illness?

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

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

10. What causes Bruce to ask Henry to change his insurance policy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bruce's illness demonstrates how a crisis can often bring out the best in even the most unlikely characters.

1) Describe the reaction of the other players on the team to Bruce's illness.

2) Explain which characters change the most and why the change could be considered surprising.

3) Analyze how a tragic situation can bring out the best in people in life.

Essay Topic 2

Harris uses various techniques in the story's narration.

1) Explain the styles of dialogue that are used and how they add to the effectiveness of the narrative and the characters.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry speaks directly to the reader as if he were not a fictional character.

3) Compare Henry's narration of certain characters with his opinion of them.

4) Analyze how the line between fiction and reality is blurred in the book and why.

Essay Topic 3

Henry's opinion of Bruce changes after he discovers the seriousness of his illness.

1) Describe how Henry refers to Bruce before learning about his illness.

2) Explain the significance of Henry's reaction to the doctors when they inform him about Bruce's condition.

3) Analyze the change in the way Henry views Bruce after he understands the extent of the illness.

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