Mule Bone Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the church bell rung?

2. Why does Daisy refuse both Jim Weston and Dave Carter?

3. Where does Jim Weston plan to go when he gets up to leave after sitting on the railroad tracks?

4. What reason is given to support the idea of the Methodist minister leading the prayer?

5. How is Jim Weston escorted out of town?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Because of the falling out between the authors, "Mule Bone" is actually an unfinished play. Review the play and critique it. What changes would you suggest to improve upon the current version? Look at the notes about name changes as well. What versions of names would you use? How would you change or enhance some scenes? Be sure to refer to specific sections and examples as you discuss the play.

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