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. Why does Joe Lindsay bring the mule bone to the store?

2. What does Deacon Simms suggest they do about the problem of snakes in the area?

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

4. What time is Jim Weston's trial scheduled to begin?

5. What does Sister Taylor think of Mrs. Blunt's reaction to the trial and the associated gossip?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the disagreement between Joe Clarke and Deacon Simms.

4. How do the different congregations react when the participants of the trial enter?

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

6. Why does Jim come to the conclusion that Dave was on his way to visit Daisy?

7. Describe the men's reaction to Deacon Simms' arrival.

8. Describe the interaction between Sister Taylor and the children.

9. Why does Deacon Simms get frustrated during his defense argument?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the use of tall tales in "Mule Bone." Why are tall tales used in the play and how are they received by other characters? What are the circumstances around the telling of a tall tale? What role does the tall tale seem to play? Be sure to use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Jim's and Dave's reactions to the turmoil created in the town by their fight. How would they prefer to solve their disagreement? Why are they not allowed to deal with the conflict on their own? Provide examples from the text to support your observations.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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