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 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 of the characters in "Mule Bone" are real hypocrites. They say one thing and then do another, or they make contradicting statements throughout the play, obviously trying to please or impress whoever they happen to around at the time. This characteristic is a focus of the authors' satire. Analyze their attack on hypocrites and their use of satire. Be sure to provide specific examples from the text.

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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