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. Which of the following best describes the exchange between Sister Taylor and Deacon Lindsay?

2. For what crime is Jim Weston being tried?

3. Why does Sister Jones say she won't testify for Jim Weston?

4. For what does Sister Taylor chastise the children in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. On whose side is Joe Clarke in the matter of Jim Weston?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the disagreement between Joe Clarke and Deacon Simms.

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

6. Describe Lum Boger's role as marshal.

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

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

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

10. How do Jim and Dave react to the squabbling among the people at the trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain how an argument between two men over a girl becomes a community-wide battle over religion. Trace the evolution of the argument, and explain how the conflict evolves. Use specific examples to support your observations.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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