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 does Deacon Simms say he will use as his legal reference during the trial?

2. What game are the children playing in front of the store?

3. What complaint does Joe Clarke make about Lum Boger?

4. According to Deacon Lindsay, what does Sister Taylor smell like?

5. Where is Jim Weston held until his trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do both Jim and Dave resent the townspeople's interference in their argument?

2. What do the other characters think of Mrs. Roberts?

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

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

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

6. About what do the men on the porch tease Teets and Bootsie? How do the girls respond?

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

8. How do the children's religious background become a competition?

9. How does Joe Clarke defend his decision to oversee the trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the conflict between the Methodists and the Baptists. How much of their conflict is rooted in religious doctrine, and how much is rooted in individual, personal bias? What do their complaints about each other reveal about the people in the community? What does their behavior reveal about their understanding of ethics, morality and values? Provide examples from the text to help support your points.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, adults behave like children, and children mirror the behavior of the adults. Explain how this circle of immature behavior creates a dysfunctional community. Provide examples from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how an argument between two men over a girl becomes a community-wide battle over religion. Trace the evolution of the argument, and explain how the conflict evolves. Use specific examples to support your observations.

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