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. How far along is the season at the beginning of Chapter 17?

2. How many times does Dutch ask Bruce to clarify that Bruce has never thought Dutch was not human?

3. What is the name of the person that Henry is talking to in the elevator in Chapter 14?

4. Which insect does Dutch compare the team's season to?

5. What day is it when Chapter 14 begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the players complaining about time, and how does Bruce respond to their complaints?

2. Why is it particularly significant that Henry chews tobacco with Bruce?

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

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

5. What is significant about the games of Tegwar Bruce is playing in Chapter 13?

6. Why is Sid disappointed about the celebration from the night before in Chapter 16?

7. How does Goose find out about Bruce's illness?

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

9. Where is Henry when he learns that Holly is having the baby, and how does it inspire him?

10. Which reasons does Henry have for rejecting Katie's offer again, and what causes the detectives to visit Henry's room later at a celebration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze three examples of symbolism in Bang the Drum Slowly. Include a description of each symbol, how it appears in the book, and what it represents for the characters and/or the plot.

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

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.

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