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

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

3. What is Mary Ella's criticism about the Methodist Church?

4. Where did Joe Lindsay find the mule bone?

5. Which of the following best describes the Baptist position on Jim Weston's guilt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Elder Simms' attitude toward the people of the town.

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

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

5. Why does Deacon Simms get frustrated during his defense argument?

6. What complaint does Walter make about Baptist theology?

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

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

9. Compare the fight among the children to the fight between Sister Taylor and Joe Lindsay.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from the satire and the description of small-town life, "Mule Bone" is also a play about the strength of a friendship. Analyze the strength of Jim's and Dave's friendship. What challenges does their friendship survive, and what allows their friendship to survive these challenges? Provide evidence from the text to support your observations.

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

From beginning to end, Act 3 is much more about Jim's and Dave's relationship than it is about Daisy's relationship with either of the men. Prove this observation by providing and analyzing evidence that reflects the importance of their relationship to the scene.

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