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. Where is the notice of Jim Weston's trial displayed?

3. What information does Sister Taylor share with Lum Boger in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Why does Sister Jones say she won't testify for Jim Weston?

5. Why is Joe Clarke so passionate about the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act III, why does Daisy threaten to leave after Dave arrives at the train tracks?

2. What do the women think about Daisy's mother's reaction to the trial?

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

4. Compare the greeting that Sisters Thomas and Taylor give Reverend Childers and Joe Lindsay to the greeting that they give Deacon Simms and Joe Clarke.

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

6. How does Mrs. Thomas' show herself to be hypocrite with her response to Mrs. Blunt's request?

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

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

9. What does Sister Taylor mean when she says that "De bear is walkin' de earth lak a natural man"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Several characters in "Mule Bone" prove themselves to be hypocritical through their comments and/or their actions. Describe those characters who could be defined as hypocritical and explain how they contribute to the humor of the play.

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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