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. What is Mary Ella's criticism about the Methodist Church?

2. Why does Dave Carter strike back at Jim Weston?

3. What does Dave Carter do after Jim Weston hits him?

4. Who places Jim Weston under arrest?

5. How does Dave Carter react to Jim Weston's anger?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sister Thomas keep saying she needs to do throughout Act 2, Scene 1? Why does it take so long for her to finally do it?

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

3. Describe Daisy's reaction to Dave's and Jim's fight.

4. What examples in Act 3 reveal Daisy's manipulative side?

5. Why are people confused by the ringing of the church bell?

6. Describe Joe Clarke's treatment of Lum Boger.

7. How does Jim react to meeting Daisy as she is on her way back to town?

8. What evidence in Act 3 suggests that Dave and Jim still have a strong bond?

9. How does Jim respond to the part of the crowd that throws him out of town?

10. What does the description of the Baptist church details suggest about the congregation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from the satire and the description of small-town life, "Mule Bone" is also a play about the strength of a friendship. Analyze the strength of Jim's and Dave's friendship. What challenges does their friendship survive, and what allows their friendship to survive these challenges? Provide evidence from the text to support your observations.

Essay Topic 2

Many different characters express their opinions regarding the responsibility that Daisy bears in the fight between Jim and Dave, and their opinions are wide-ranging. Characterize Daisy. Is she an innocent bystander or a manipulative tease? Provide evidence from the text to support your position.

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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