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

2. How does Holly react to Henry's idea of only pretending to change the beneficiary of Bruce's insurance?

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

4. Which name do Holly and Henry give to their baby?

5. What is becoming apparent about the team as the season continues?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Which actions does Dutch take in an attempt to fix some of the Mammoth's problems?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Chronicle Bruce's life as it is outlined in the book, including the events he details and the change in perspective that he has because of his condition.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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