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. With what does Jim Weston hit Dave Carter?

2. According to Mrs. Roberts, why should the store owner give her some meat?

3. According to Deacon Simms, what kind of day is it in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Which of the following best describes the exchange between Sister Taylor and Deacon Lindsay?

5. Which of the following best describes Sister Taylor's position about Daisy's involvement in the fight between Jim Weston and Dave Carter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the women's attitudes toward Daisy differ from the men's?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the struggle between Joe Clarke and Deacon Simms. What seems to be at the root of their animosity toward each other? How does each use the trial as an excuse to gain power over the other? Provide examples from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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