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. Why does Daisy return to the store in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. With what does Jim Weston hit Dave Carter?

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

4. What name does Sister Taylor call the girl who sasses back at her?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Joe Clarke's treatment of Lum Boger.

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

3. What excuse does Dave offer to prove that he is not on his way to visit Daisy?

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

5. Why does Hambo bring out the checkerboard?

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

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

8. Describe Daisy's reaction to Dave's and Jim's fight.

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

10. Why does Jim turn his back on Daisy after she offers him a job and a place to go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Describe Jim's and Dave's reactions to the turmoil created in the town by their fight. How would they prefer to solve their disagreement? Why are they not allowed to deal with the conflict on their own? Provide examples from the text to support your observations.

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