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 does Jim Weston assume when he sees Dave coming down the tracks?

2. Who else did Daisy visit on the same day that she visited Dave Carter?

3. Who receives the applause from the Methodist side of the church?

4. Which would Daisy rather be, a lark flying or a dove setting?

5. Why does Daisy begin to cry when speaking to Jim Weston in Act 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Many of the characters in "Mule Bone" are real hypocrites. They say one thing and then do another, or they make contradicting statements throughout the play, obviously trying to please or impress whoever they happen to around at the time. This characteristic is a focus of the authors' satire. Analyze their attack on hypocrites and their use of satire. Be sure to provide specific examples from the text.

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