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

2. What draws Joe Clarke's attention to Jim Weston and Dave Carter's fight?

3. What does Deacon Simms say he will use as his legal reference during the trial?

4. How does Joe Clarke respond to Deacon Simms' suggestion about the jail?

5. Of what, in addition to assault, does Joe Clarke suggest that Jim Weston is guilty?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the men of the town suggest that Mrs. Roberts be dealt with?

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

3. How does Jim react to meeting Daisy as she is on her way back to town?

4. What do the other characters think of Mrs. Roberts?

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

6. How do Jim's and Dave's attitudes toward Daisy change at the end of Act 3?

7. Why does Deacon Simms get frustrated during his defense argument?

8. Why does Daisy refuse to follow Jim and wander on without direction in Act 3?

9. According to Sister Thomas, why is Joe Clarke siding with the Baptists in the fight over Jim's trial?

10. Why does Jim come to the conclusion that Dave was on his way to visit Daisy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the use of tall tales in "Mule Bone." Why are tall tales used in the play and how are they received by other characters? What are the circumstances around the telling of a tall tale? What role does the tall tale seem to play? Be sure to use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Ironically, the disagreement between Dave and Jim in some ways mirrors the falling out between the authors. While Dave and Jim fight over a girl, Hughes and Hurston fought over the play itself. Compare and contrast the disagreements between these two pairs. What do these details reveal about the friendships? You may use the essays included in the Harper Perennial edition to help with this topic.

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