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 does Bruce ask Henry to send him?

2. Based on Red's suggestion, what does Henry take the pills with?

3. Why is Henry's decision to chew tobacco with Bruce significant?

4. Who tells Dutch about Bruce's condition?

5. Where does the title of the book come from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Despite having a good season, what are some of the problems that the Mammoths are having in Chapter 9?

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

8. What influence does Red's coaching have on the team?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry and Bruce visit the small town of Mill, Georgia as Bruce shows Henry where he spent his childhood.

1) Describe the characteristics of the small town of Mill, Georgia, and life in the country.

2) Explain how life in the country compares to life in the city, and if the comparison is also relevant to Bruce and Henry.

3) Analyze how Henry and Bruce each view the way of living in Mill, Georgia, and locations in general.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Henry and Katie, their intentions, the influence they both have on Bruce, and their opposition to each other in the book.

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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