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. Why is Sid outraged with the party that he was not informed about at the end of Chapter 16?

2. What does Bruce ask Henry to send him?

3. How long after the party is the game that the team loses in Chapter 16?

4. What disappoints Henry about Bruce's funeral?

5. What do the detectives do when they are called to the room because of the shots fired by Goose?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry respond to Katie's threat and offer in Chapter 12?

2. Who is Mr. Rogers and which information does he have?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Harris uses various techniques in the story's narration.

1) Explain the styles of dialogue that are used and how they add to the effectiveness of the narrative and the characters.

2) Describe three examples of how Henry speaks directly to the reader as if he were not a fictional character.

3) Compare Henry's narration of certain characters with his opinion of them.

4) Analyze how the line between fiction and reality is blurred in the book and why.

Essay Topic 3

Bruce's illness demonstrates how a crisis can often bring out the best in even the most unlikely characters.

1) Describe the reaction of the other players on the team to Bruce's illness.

2) Explain which characters change the most and why the change could be considered surprising.

3) Analyze how a tragic situation can bring out the best in people in life.

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