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 draws Joe Clarke's attention to Jim Weston and Dave Carter's fight?

2. What does Dave Carter buy for Daisy?

3. Of what, in addition to assault, does Joe Clarke suggest that Jim Weston is guilty?

4. Which of the following best describes the children's journey to the church?

5. How do Sisters Taylor and Thomas greet Joe Clarke when he arrives at the trial?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the nature of the disagreement between Sisters Taylor and Lewis.

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

7. What evidence throughout Act 2, Scene 2, suggests that Joe Clarke is unfamiliar with court procedures?

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

9. How does the suggestion of saying a prayer before beginning the trial feed the conflict among the people at the trial?

10. Describe the relationship between Joe Clarke and his wife.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From beginning to end, Act 3 is much more about Jim's and Dave's relationship than it is about Daisy's relationship with either of the men. Prove this observation by providing and analyzing evidence that reflects the importance of their relationship to the scene.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the authors' treatment of women in the play. What roles do the women play, and what stereotypes do they fall into? How do the characters perpetuate traditional gender roles and stereotypes? Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your point.

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes of "Mule Bone" is the criticism of religious intolerance. Using the authors' perspective, capture their points of view in an essay. Use specific examples that would mirror the types of complaints that Hughes and Hurston present in "Mule Bone."

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