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. According to Sister Taylor, what will ruin a person's eyesight?

2. Why does Daisy come to the store?

3. How does Joe Clarke respond to Deacon Simms' suggestion about the jail?

4. What explanation does Deacon Lindsay give to explain why he doesn't want to talk to Sister Taylor?

5. Why does the store owner at first refuse to give Mrs. Roberts the meat that she asks for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Joe Clarke and his wife.

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

3. What kind of relationship does Daisy seem to have with her mother?

4. How does the ending of the play confirm that Jim and Dave have reconciled their friendship?

5. What does Sister Taylor mean when she says that "De bear is walkin' de earth lak a natural man"?

6. How do Jim's and Dave's attitudes toward Daisy change at the end of Act 3?

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

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

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

10. Describe the nature of the disagreement between Sisters Taylor and Lewis.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the conflict between the Methodists and the Baptists. How much of their conflict is rooted in religious doctrine, and how much is rooted in individual, personal bias? What do their complaints about each other reveal about the people in the community? What does their behavior reveal about their understanding of ethics, morality and values? Provide examples from the text to help support your points.

Essay Topic 2

Aside from the satire and the description of small-town life, "Mule Bone" is also a play about the strength of a friendship. Analyze the strength of Jim's and Dave's friendship. What challenges does their friendship survive, and what allows their friendship to survive these challenges? Provide evidence from the text to support your observations.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how an argument between two men over a girl becomes a community-wide battle over religion. Trace the evolution of the argument, and explain how the conflict evolves. Use specific examples to support your observations.

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