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 of the players are drinking during the party in Chapter 16?

2. How does Katie leave in Chapter 12?

3. Who is Joe collecting money from in Chapter 13?

4. What type of trick is one of the players doing at the party in Chapter 16?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the relevance of perception vs. reality in the book by describing the reputation of three characters, how those characters would like to be perceived, and when/if the perception of a person is important in reality.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the contrast in subject matter and tone of Henry's narrative in Chapter 1 as the main characters are introduced. Also, provide an analysis of how the serious storyline is presented through the lighter thought process of Henry.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the balance that Harris provides with the events in the book by describing three examples of how one event balances another. Also, explain what the balance of events adds to the plot, the characters, and the overall message of the story.

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