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. Who is Sid taking out his anger on?

2. Who is sending Bruce false letters from the insurance company?

3. Which name do Holly and Henry give to their baby?

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

5. What does Bruce ask Henry to send him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Sid disappointed about the celebration from the night before in Chapter 16?

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

4. Where is Henry when he learns that Holly is having the baby, and how does it inspire him?

5. Why are the players complaining about time, and how does Bruce respond to their complaints?

6. What happens when Katie takes Henry, Holly, and Bruce to dinner in Chapter 10?

7. How does Goose find out about Bruce's illness?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature, by detailing three examples from Bang the Drum Slowly.

Essay Topic 3

Bang the Drum Slowly ends with Henry's decision to live life with new priorities.

1) Describe the changes that have taken place in Henry throughout the book.

2) Explain how Bruce has caused Henry to understand which things are really important in his life.

3) Analyze the new outlook that Henry has on life and the future.

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