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 complaint does Deacon Simms have about snakes?

2. Who places Jim Weston under arrest?

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

4. How does Deacon Lindsay respond to Sister Taylor's and Sister Thomas' actions in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Describe the relationship between the Methodists and the Baptists in town.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do both Jim and Dave resent the townspeople's interference in their argument?

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

4. How does the suggestion of saying a prayer before beginning the trial feed the conflict among the people at the trial?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Jim react to meeting Daisy as she is on her way back to town?

10. What does the description of the Baptist church details suggest about the congregation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Hughes and Hurston use a Southern dialect in the dialogue of the play in order to bring authenticity to the characters. Some of their contemporaries opposed this use of dialect, complaining that the characters are made to seem uneducated and simple. Even today, academics debate the use of dialect in this and other literary works. Defend or attack the authors' use of dialect in the play. Does dialect make the characters realistic, or is it demeaning to African-Americans from the South? Provide examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the importance of satire in the play. Where do the authors include satire, and what aspects of society are they criticizing? How effective are their attempts at satire? Provide examples from the text to support your point.

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