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 is Mary Ella's criticism about the Methodist Church?

2. According to Mrs. Roberts, why should the store owner give her some meat?

3. Why does Jim Weston get angry with Dave Carter in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. When will Jim Weston's trial begin?

5. On what errand does Joe Clarke send Lum Boger?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Joe Clarke defend his decision to oversee the trial?

5. Describe Daisy's reaction to the accusation that she has come between Dave and Jim.

6. How do the women's attitudes toward Daisy differ from the men's?

7. Why does Sister Taylor struggle to read the sign posted on the tree?

8. What outcome does Deacon Simms expect from the trial?

9. How do the different congregations react when the participants of the trial enter?

10. How do the Methodists and Baptists continue their argument into Act 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hughes and Hurston wrote "Mule Bone" as a homage to the use of humor in overcoming adversity. Oppressed cultures often rely on humor as a means of survival, and among Southern post-slavery African-Americans, humor and sarcasm were a means of attacking others and of expressing affection. Describe how this concept emerges in "Mule Bone." In what ways does humor strengthen bonds, and in what ways is it used to attack others? Provide specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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