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. Who places Jim Weston under arrest?

2. Why does Jim Weston begin to play music?

3. Where have Jim Weston and Dave Carter been before they arrive at the store in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. Which two characters are the first to speak in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. How do the men at the store react to the arrival of Teets Miller and Bootsie Pitts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What comments do Sisters Taylor and Thomas have about Joe Clarke when he approaches them on his way to the trial?

2. Describe the interaction between Sister Taylor and the children.

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

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

5. What request does Mrs. Blunt make concerning the trial? How is her request received by Joe Clarke?

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

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

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

9. What does Sister Thomas keep saying she needs to do throughout Act 2, Scene 1? Why does it take so long for her to finally do it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hughes and Hurston use a Southern dialect in the dialogue of the play in order to bring authenticity to the characters. Some of their contemporaries opposed this use of dialect, complaining that the characters are made to seem uneducated and simple. Even today, academics debate the use of dialect in this and other literary works. Defend or attack the authors' use of dialect in the play. Does dialect make the characters realistic, or is it demeaning to African-Americans from the South? Provide examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the struggle between Joe Clarke and Deacon Simms. What seems to be at the root of their animosity toward each other? How does each use the trial as an excuse to gain power over the other? Provide examples from the text to support your points.

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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