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. How do the sisters Taylor and Thomas treat Deacon Simms when he arrives?

2. What part of Joe Clarke's appearance does Sister Thomas criticize?

3. What does Sister Taylor do to end the argument with the sassy young girl?

4. How do Jim Weston and Dave Carter react to Daisy's return?

5. How do Sisters Taylor and Thomas respond to Reverend Childers' greeting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What request does Mrs. Blunt make concerning the trial? How is her request received by Joe Clarke?

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

4. According to Sister Thomas, why is Joe Clarke siding with the Baptists in the fight over Jim's trial?

5. Why are people confused by the ringing of the church bell?

6. Why is Lum Boger unable to testify about the fight between Dave and Jim?

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

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

9. How do the men of the town suggest that Mrs. Roberts be dealt with?

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

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 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

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.

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