Mule Bone Test | Mid-Book 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. How do the men at the store react to the arrival of Teets Miller and Bootsie Pitts?

2. What color shirt is Dave Carter wearing?

3. What name does Sister Taylor call the girl who sasses back at her?

4. From which mule did the bone originally come?

5. Why does Joe Clarke chase away the children who are playing in front of the store?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Describe Reverend Childers' successful prosecution argument. How does he convince Joe Clarke that Jim is guilty of assault with a weapon?

3. How do Dave and Jim compete for Daisy's affections in Act 3?

4. How do the Methodists and Baptists continue their argument into Act 3?

5. What comments do Sisters Taylor and Thomas have about Joe Clarke when he approaches them on his way to the trial?

6. Why does Daisy refuse to follow Jim and wander on without direction in Act 3?

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

8. Why does Sister Taylor struggle to read the sign posted on the tree?

9. What outcome does Deacon Simms expect from the trial?

10. Why does Jim turn his back on Daisy after she offers him a job and a place to go?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ironically, the disagreement between Dave and Jim in some ways mirrors the falling out between the authors. While Dave and Jim fight over a girl, Hughes and Hurston fought over the play itself. Compare and contrast the disagreements between these two pairs. What do these details reveal about the friendships? You may use the essays included in the Harper Perennial edition to help with this topic.

Essay Topic 2

Because of the falling out between the authors, "Mule Bone" is actually an unfinished play. Review the play and critique it. What changes would you suggest to improve upon the current version? Look at the notes about name changes as well. What versions of names would you use? How would you change or enhance some scenes? Be sure to refer to specific sections and examples as you discuss the play.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters in "Mule Bone" are real hypocrites. They say one thing and then do another, or they make contradicting statements throughout the play, obviously trying to please or impress whoever they happen to around at the time. This characteristic is a focus of the authors' satire. Analyze their attack on hypocrites and their use of satire. Be sure to provide specific examples from the text.

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