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 do the men at the store begin to talk about after Jim Weston and Dave Carter arrive?

2. How do Sisters Taylor and Thomas greet Joe Clarke when he arrives at the trial?

3. Where have Jim Weston and Dave Carter been before they arrive at the store in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. Where is Deaconr Simms headed when he meets Sisters Taylor and Thomas?

5. How do the men at the store react to the arrival of Teets Miller and Bootsie Pitts?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Lum Boger's role as marshal.

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

5. Describe Daisy's reaction to Dave's and Jim's fight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Money plays an important role in the relationships of the characters in the play. See how many times money is mentioned in references to romantic relationships. What does this suggest about the people involved in these relationships and their partners? Why does money seem to play such an important role? Be sure to include specific examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Because of the falling out between the authors, "Mule Bone" is actually an unfinished play. Review the play and critique it. What changes would you suggest to improve upon the current version? Look at the notes about name changes as well. What versions of names would you use? How would you change or enhance some scenes? Be sure to refer to specific sections and examples as you discuss the play.

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