Mule Bone Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting of Act I?

The setting of Act I is Saturday afternoon on the front porch of Joe Clarke's general store, located in a small, rural town.

2. What do the other characters think of Mrs. Roberts?

The other characters in the play think that Mrs. Roberts is an annoying beggar who is an embarrassment to her husband and ungrateful for any generosity that her neighbors show.

3. How do the men of the town suggest that Mrs. Roberts be dealt with?

The men all suggest that Mr. Roberts should beat his wife.

4. Why are the men all interested in the hock bone that Joe Lindsay brings to the store?

The men are interested in the hock bone that Joe Lindsay brings to the store because the mule to whom it belonged was infamous among the men for its meanness, and the bone inspires them to swap stories about the animal. Among the men on the porch, the mule is almost a legend. He died with his legs sticking straight up in the air.

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