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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what errand does Joe Clarke send Lum Boger?
(a) To work at the store during the trial.
(b) To get Jim Weston and the mule bone from the barn.
(c) To get the gavel.
(d) To get the witnesses.

2. How do Sisters Taylor and Thomas greet Joe Clarke when he arrives at the trial?
(a) They wish him luck.
(b) They ask to pray with him for a peaceful resolution to the trial.
(c) They criticize him for taking the Baptist side of the argument.
(d) They ignore him and do not speak to him at all.

3. On whose side is Joe Clarke in the matter of Jim Weston?
(a) He supports the Baptist position even though he is a Methodist.
(b) He believes that Jim Weston should be forgiven but should make restitution.
(c) He is impartial and approaches his role as a fair judge.
(d) He is swayed by both sides of the argument and seems unable to make up his mind.

4. What does Sister Thomas do after Reverend Childers and his group enter?
(a) She sucks her teeth and turns her back to them.
(b) She begins singing a traditional Methodist hymn.
(c) She flips her skirt at them and exits.
(d) She picks a fight with Deacon Lindsay.

5. How do the children react to Sister Taylor's reprimands?
(a) They tease her and shake themselves at her.
(b) They quiet down, but continue with their fighting after she leaves.
(c) They apologize and head home.
(d) They say nothing, but look sheepish and wander away.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the men at the store react to the arrival of Teets Miller and Bootsie Pitts?

2. According to Deacon Simms, what kind of day is it in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. With what does Jim Weston hit Dave Carter?

4. Why does the store owner at first refuse to give Mrs. Roberts the meat that she asks for?

5. Why does Sister Taylor doubt that the girl's mother will influence the girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What request does Mrs. Blunt make concerning the trial? How is her request received by Joe Clarke?

2. What reason does Sister Thomas give to support why they should all testify for Jim at the trial?

3. Why does Sister Taylor want to testify at the trial even though she was not present at the fight?

4. According to Sister Thomas, why is Joe Clarke siding with the Baptists in the fight over Jim's trial?

5. How does the ending of the play confirm that Jim and Dave have reconciled their friendship?

6. How do Jim and Dave react to the squabbling among the people at the trial?

7. How do the women's attitudes toward Daisy differ from the men's?

8. How do Jim's and Dave's attitudes toward Daisy change at the end of Act 3?

9. What excuse does Dave offer to prove that he is not on his way to visit Daisy?

10. Compare the greeting that Sisters Thomas and Taylor give Reverend Childers and Joe Lindsay to the greeting that they give Deacon Simms and Joe Clarke.

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