Cane River Test | Final 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 do Narcisse and Oreline wait to tell Philomene until she is better?

2. Who falls ill in Chapter 18?

3. Who is Angelite's mother?

4. What do Joseph's cousins assume when they come to live with him and Emily?

5. Of what does Oreline seem afraid when talking to Philomene in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom is Gerant married, and what is his stipulation about working with the family?

2. What do Narcisse, Antoine Morat and Joseph Ferrier who come to visit Joseph tell him?

3. What does Philomene name her daughter by Narcisse, and what does she say about the daughter?

4. What is the argument between Oreline and Philomene about who owes whom in Chapter 24?

5. In Chapter 31, what does narration say about Joseph's life so far?

6. What does Emily admit to Bet about Emily's feelings concerning Elisabeth?

7. What does Angelite say about a young man who is interested in marrying her?

8. In Chapter 31, what does Joseph request from Philomene concerning Emily?

9. Who becomes ill in Chapter 18, and who takes care of them?

10. Why does Philomene send Bet to Joseph's store where Emily is working?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

Do you think most people want a happy ending in a novel? Do you think Cane River would qualify as a novel with a happy ending? Why or why not? What do you think are three reasons to read fiction and do you think Cane River fulfills these three reasons? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Elisabeth urges Philomene to take what happiness she can find in life.

In what ways do the slaves find happiness in the system which controls and abuses them? Use examples from Cane River to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Cane River help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Cane River? Why or why not. Use examples from Cane River and your own life to support your answer.

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