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 is Henry trying to find out in Chapter 10?

2. Where does Katie ask Henry to meet with her in another attempt to get the insurance policy changed?

3. Who is playing Tegwar with Bruce in Chapter 13?

4. What reason does Henry give to Katie for his lack of concern in losing his insurance job?

5. According to the detective, where has Bruce been for medical treatment?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is Bruce's reaction to the passing of his mother?

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

4. How is the title of the book explained in Chapter 15?

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

6. How does Henry describe Bruce's last hit?

7. What happens after a rained out game when Bruce goes to the hospital?

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

9. What decision does Henry make about life at the end of the book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the relevance of perception vs. reality in the book by describing the reputation of three characters, how those characters would like to be perceived, and when/if the perception of a person is important in reality.

Essay Topic 2

The concept of time is a theme of the book that has the ability to connect with readers on multiple levels.

1) Describe three of the references to time in the book along with their context.

2) Explain how time is unintentionally taken for granted by some people.

3) Analyze the concept of time for Bruce and the characters around him.

Essay Topic 3

Some of the strongest elements of Bang the Drum Slowly are the inspiring effects of the story.

1) Explain why people would be inspired by reading the book.

2) Describe three events that are inspiring from the story.

3) Analyze the powerful effect that literature can have on the reader and which elements make a fictional work the most inspiring.

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