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. Where is Jim Weston held until his trial?

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

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

4. What explanation does Sister Thomas offer to explain Joe Clarke's decisions regarding the trial?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the nature of the disagreement between Sisters Taylor and Lewis.

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

3. How do Dave and Jim compete for Daisy's affections in Act 3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Mrs. Thomas' show herself to be hypocrite with her response to Mrs. Blunt's request?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, adults behave like children, and children mirror the behavior of the adults. Explain how this circle of immature behavior creates a dysfunctional community. Provide examples from the text to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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