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 men in front of the store react to Deacon Simms' arrival?

2. What does Dave Carter do while Jim Weston plays music?

3. Why does Sister Taylor doubt that the girl's mother will influence the girl?

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

5. Why does the store owner at first refuse to give Mrs. Roberts the meat that she asks for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence in Act 3 suggests that Dave and Jim still have a strong bond?

2. In Act III, why does Daisy threaten to leave after Dave arrives at the train tracks?

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

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

5. Describe the men's reaction to Deacon Simms' arrival.

6. Describe Reverend Childers' successful prosecution argument. How does he convince Joe Clarke that Jim is guilty of assault with a weapon?

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

8. About what do the men on the porch tease Teets and Bootsie? How do the girls respond?

9. Why does Jim turn his back on Daisy after she offers him a job and a place to go?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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