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Mule Bone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color shirt is Dave Carter wearing?



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



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



4. According to Sister Taylor, how ugly is Deacon Lindsay?



5. According to Deacon Simms, why does the town need a jail?



Short Essay Questions

1. What do the women think about Daisy's mother's reaction to the trial?



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



3. What evidence in Act 3 suggests that Dave and Jim still have a strong bond?



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



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



6. What does the description of the Baptist church details suggest about the congregation?



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



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



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



10. How does Mrs. Thomas' show herself to be hypocrite with her response to Mrs. Blunt's request?



Essay Topics

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.

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.

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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