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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

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

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

Describe Jim's and Dave's reactions to the turmoil created in the town by their fight. How would they prefer to solve their disagreement? Why are they not allowed to deal with the conflict on their own? Provide examples from the text to support your observations.

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