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 name do Henry, Bruce, and two other players use when they sing on a dinner show in Chapter 14?

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

3. What is Henry's response to Katie's threat in Chapter 12?

4. When does Bruce leave to go home to Georgia?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Henry hesitant to change Bruce's insurance policy?

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

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

4. What does Dutch do when he finally discovers Bruce's condition in Chapter 14?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Henry is away from home, he and Holly use creativity to communicate with each other.

1) Compare the technology in the 1950s to current times and discuss which aspects of it are mentioned in the story.

2) Describe three examples of how creativity is used in the book to compensate for technology that had not yet been developed.

3) Analyze the role of technology in the settings for a fictional work.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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