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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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