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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 the year at the opening of Cane River?
2. What does Philomene do when Clement arrives?
3. Why is Philomene glad Narcisse has remarried?
4. What is one thing the slaves receive for Christmas in Chapter 3?
5. What role is difficult for Eugene in Chapter 9?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Elisabeth treat Suzette after Suzette gives birth to Gerant?
2. What is Suzette's job in the household, and how does that affect her life?
3. What does Philomene say about her own light skin?
4. What does Philomene say to Clement in Chapter 12 when he tells her he traveled by boat to visit her?
5. What does Suzette immediately do when Francoise dies?
6. How does Philomene feel about Narcisse's marriage?
7. Of what is Philomene aware concerning her emerging womanhood?
8. Why does Suzette steal some eggs and take them to Palmire?
9. What does Narcisse ask Tessier concerning Clement?
10. What present is mentioned in Chapter 13 that Clement is making for Philomene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Suzette says that there's nothing a black woman can do except capitulate and will eventually come to compare her forced sexual encounters with Eugene with cleaning the outhouse - a horrible task that has to be completed in order to move on to the next task.
Discuss the problems the children of black slaves and white owners face that might be different from a black slave born of two slaves. Use examples from Cane River to support your response.
Essay Topic 2
Cane River belongs to the historical fiction genre. Discuss the following:
Define the literary term "genre" and name three other genres in addition to the historical fiction genre. What are the advantages and disadvantages of assigning a genre to a novel? What do you think is the difference between a historical fiction and a science fiction novel or a mystery?
Essay Topic 3
Narcisse tells Philomene that she needs "a man who could protect her." Philomene is unimpressed with the argument, saying that the only thing she actually needs protection from is slavery and that Narcisse isn't going to do that.
What are some of the ways in which Narcisse does protect Philomene, and why do you think he never freed her? Use examples from Cane River to support your response.
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