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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 complaint does Joe Clarke make about Lum Boger?

2. Which of the following best describes the children's journey to the church?

3. What does Sister Thomas think of Mrs. Blunt's reaction to the trial and the associated gossip?

4. Why does Sister Jones say she won't testify for Jim Weston?

5. How does Deacon Lindsay respond to Sister Taylor's and Sister Thomas' actions in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Deacon Simms headed the wrong way when Sisters Taylor and Thomas see him?

2. What does the description of the Baptist church details suggest about the congregation?

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

4. What request does Mrs. Blunt make concerning the trial? How is her request received by Joe Clarke?

5. What does the crowd on the porch suggest to Dave and Jim about Daisy's intentions, and how do the men respond?

6. What does Sister Thomas keep saying she needs to do throughout Act 2, Scene 1? Why does it take so long for her to finally do it?

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

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

9. Why do both Jim and Dave resent the townspeople's interference in their argument?

10. What complaint does Walter make about Baptist theology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From beginning to end, Act 3 is much more about Jim's and Dave's relationship than it is about Daisy's relationship with either of the men. Prove this observation by providing and analyzing evidence that reflects the importance of their relationship to the scene.

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

Aside from the satire and the description of small-town life, "Mule Bone" is also a play about the strength of a friendship. Analyze the strength of Jim's and Dave's friendship. What challenges does their friendship survive, and what allows their friendship to survive these challenges? Provide evidence from the text to support your observations.

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