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. Which month does Henry receive the phone call that Bruce has passed away?

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

3. How does Henry let off some steam while thinking about things after talking about Bruce with his father?

4. What does Bruce receive from other team members for his birthday?

5. How does Katie leave in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. When does Bruce leave the team to go back home?

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

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

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

Bang the Drum Slowly is preceded by the book, Southpaw, which was also written by Harris in Henry's narrative.

1) Describe three examples of how Southpaw is referenced in the book.

2) Explain why the character introductions in Bang the Drum Slowly are different than other fictional works.

3) Analyze the effect that a previous book with the same characters can have on the writing of fiction.

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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