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 inning is Bruce's last game called because of rain?

2. What is Red's response to Henry's book?

3. In what way do the announcers react to the player(s) that offer(s) a jacket to Bruce?

4. Besides his cowboy attire, which musical instrument does Piney have with him in Chapter 15?

5. Based on Red's suggestion, what does Henry take the pills with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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