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

2. Where has Daisy been before her return to town?

3. What does Sister Taylor call the Baptist children?

4. Why does Sister Taylor doubt that the girl's mother will influence the girl?

5. What color shirt is Dave Carter wearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Dave and Jim compete for Daisy's affections in Act 3?

2. What examples in Act 3 reveal Daisy's manipulative side?

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

4. About what do the men on the porch tease Teets and Bootsie? How do the girls respond?

5. How do Jim and Dave react to the squabbling among the people at the trial?

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

7. Why are the men all interested in the hock bone that Joe Lindsay brings to the store?

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

9. Compare the greeting that Sisters Thomas and Taylor give Reverend Childers and Joe Lindsay to the greeting that they give Deacon Simms and Joe Clarke.

10. Compare the fight among the children to the fight between Sister Taylor and Joe Lindsay.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Because of the falling out between the authors, "Mule Bone" is actually an unfinished play. Review the play and critique it. What changes would you suggest to improve upon the current version? Look at the notes about name changes as well. What versions of names would you use? How would you change or enhance some scenes? Be sure to refer to specific sections and examples as you discuss 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

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.

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