Mules and Men Part I, Chapter 2: Questions and Answers

Zora Neale Hurston

Part I, Chapter 2: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is “coon-can”?

2. Why does the bell ring at Macedonia, the Baptist church?

3. Why does Zora think there should be only one church in Eatonville?

4. What does God yell at the colored people, and what do they hear?

5. Where is Zar, according to Ellis, and what does it mean?

6. Why does George Thomas make fun of Gene?

7. Why can’t God make woman stronger than man?

8. Where does Jack want to go with Zora?

9. What past conflict has made Shug and Bennie Lee enemies?

10. What does Shug mean when she tells Bennie Lee that he is “full of monkies”?

Answers
1. “Coon-can” is “a two-handed card game popular among Southern Negroes.”

2. There is a prayer meeting that night.

3. Zora believes that having two churches in Eatonville makes no sense since so few people go to either one.

4. God yells at them, “Git back!”, but they hear, “Git black!” which is why they are the color they are.

5. Zar is “de other side of far,” or far away.

6. George thinks Gene is silly for trying to win a “talkin’ game” with a woman since “her tongue is all de weapon a woman got.”

7. Man asked God to give man more strength than woman, so “no matter how much Ah give [woman], he’ll have mo’.”

8. Jack wants Zora to drive up to Montgomery so they can buy watermelon.

9. Bennie Lee and Shug fought over the inheritance of the property left by Shug’s mother and Bennie Lee’s father, who had been married.

10. Bennie Lee is so drunk now that Shug guesses he is seeing things.