Cane River Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Clement planning to deliver to Narcisse on his trip in Chapter 13?

2. What upsets Oreline about her aunt's actions to get money?

3. What is returned to Tessier that keeps him from selling Clement to Narcisse?

4. What role is difficult for Eugene in Chapter 9?

5. What does Suzette say about the relationship between Doralise and Philippe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Philomene say to Clement in Chapter 12 when he tells her he traveled by boat to visit her?

2. What remark does Suzette make concerning Doralise's relationship with Eugene?

3. What does Suzette ask Oreline to do, and what is Oreline's response?

4. What does Suzette immediately do when Francoise dies?

5. What does Oreline say upon learning of Suzette's pregnancy, and what is Suzette's response?

6. What does Narcisse ask Tessier concerning Clement?

7. With whom is Suzette enamored, but what is her mother's response to that?

8. How does Philomene feel about Narcisse's marriage?

9. What is Suzette's job in the household, and how does that affect her life?

10. What does Suzette ask Doralise concerning Gerant, and what is Doralise's reply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

Define plot and include the definitions of the most important elements of a plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not? Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Cane River, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Give a brief synopsis of any important sub-plots.

Essay Topic 2

Emily's reaction to Joseph's decision to move her out is a testament of her determination and pride. She insists that the children dress in their best clothing and she shows no sign of anger to the men who are moving her possessions.

Do you think Emily’s behavior is healthy or is it another indication of being oppressed? Why or why not? Use examples from Cane River to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such. Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story? Explain.

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