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 does Sister Taylor say she would do with Daisy if she were her mother?

2. What color shirt is Dave Carter wearing?

3. What does Sister Taylor do to end the argument with the sassy young girl?

4. Who is Joe Clarke?

5. With what does Jim Weston hit Dave Carter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the ending of the play confirm that Jim and Dave have reconciled their friendship?

2. Why does Jim come to the conclusion that Dave was on his way to visit Daisy?

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

4. How does Jim respond to the part of the crowd that throws him out of town?

5. How do Jim's and Dave's attitudes toward Daisy change at the end of Act 3?

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

7. What evidence throughout Act 2, Scene 2, suggests that Joe Clarke is unfamiliar with court procedures?

8. What does Sister Taylor mean when she says that "De bear is walkin' de earth lak a natural man"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many people who read "Mule Bone" feel that the play should not be staged because of the satirical picture it presents of African-American life. Hughes and Hurston filled the play with exaggerated stereotypes in an attempt to allow African-Americans to laugh at themselves. To the authors, a culture can never truly be equal unless it has the freedom to laugh at itself. However, others feel -- even today -- that the play is demeaning and should not be given attention. Defend or attack the authors' position. Should the play be produced and staged? Why or why not? Provide examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Several characters in "Mule Bone" prove themselves to be hypocritical through their comments and/or their actions. Describe those characters who could be defined as hypocritical and explain how they contribute to the humor of the play.

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