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

3. When the fighting children enter, what does Sister Taylor look for, and what does she intend to do with it?

4. What complaint does Deacon Simms have about snakes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Act III, why does Daisy threaten to leave after Dave arrives at the train tracks?

5. What complaint does Walter make about Baptist theology?

6. Why does Hambo bring out the checkerboard?

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

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

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

10. Why is Lum Boger unable to testify about the fight between Dave and Jim?

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

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

Many different characters express their opinions regarding the responsibility that Daisy bears in the fight between Jim and Dave, and their opinions are wide-ranging. Characterize Daisy. Is she an innocent bystander or a manipulative tease? Provide evidence from the text to support your position.

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