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. What did Daisy do for Dave Carter the day before the trial?

2. What are Jim Weston and Dave Carter doing as the curtain falls?

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

4. According to the characters at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2, how are Reverend Childers and Deacon Simms different?

5. What accusation do the Methodists hurl at Dave Carter when he enters the church?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of "Mule Bone" is the criticism of religious intolerance. Using the authors' perspective, capture their points of view in an essay. Use specific examples that would mirror the types of complaints that Hughes and Hurston present in "Mule Bone."

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

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.

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