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 does Bruce receive from other team members for his birthday?

2. How does Sid respond to the comparison between him and a famous baseball player?

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

4. How many players offer to get Bruce a jacket when he says he is cold during a game?

5. How are the flowers selected to send to the funeral for Bruce's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. How does Henry describe Bruce's last hit?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry and Bruce visit the small town of Mill, Georgia as Bruce shows Henry where he spent his childhood.

1) Describe the characteristics of the small town of Mill, Georgia, and life in the country.

2) Explain how life in the country compares to life in the city, and if the comparison is also relevant to Bruce and Henry.

3) Analyze how Henry and Bruce each view the way of living in Mill, Georgia, and locations in general.

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

Explain how the issue of intelligence is approached by Harris in the book and the message he is delivering about it. Include an analysis of the different types of intelligence and the way they are applied to specific characters.

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