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 color shirt is Dave Carter wearing?
2. Why does Jim Weston get angry with Dave Carter in Act 1, Scene 1?
3. How do the men at the store react to the arrival of Teets Miller and Bootsie Pitts?
4. According to Sister Taylor, how ugly is Deacon Lindsay?
5. According to Deacon Simms, why does the town need a jail?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the women think about Daisy's mother's reaction to the trial?
2. Why is Lum Boger unable to testify about the fight between Dave and Jim?
3. What evidence in Act 3 suggests that Dave and Jim still have a strong bond?
4. Describe Daisy's reaction to the accusation that she has come between Dave and Jim.
5. In Act III, why does Daisy threaten to leave after Dave arrives at the train tracks?
6. What does the description of the Baptist church details suggest about the congregation?
7. What request does Mrs. Blunt make concerning the trial? How is her request received by Joe Clarke?
8. Why do both Jim and Dave resent the townspeople's interference in their argument?
9. How do the different congregations react when the participants of the trial enter?
10. How does Mrs. Thomas' show herself to be hypocrite with her response to Mrs. Blunt's request?
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
Describe the conflict between the Methodists and the Baptists. How much of their conflict is rooted in religious doctrine, and how much is rooted in individual, personal bias? What do their complaints about each other reveal about the people in the community? What does their behavior reveal about their understanding of ethics, morality and values? Provide examples from the text to help support your points.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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