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. Why is Joseph's barn burned?

2. What is said of Valery Houbre's children?

3. What is the significance of Valery's age regarding the war?

4. What does Emily say many people call her?

5. Who is Antoine Morat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Elisabeth's encounter with a census taker.

4. What does Narcisse start building in Chapter 19?

5. In Chapter 27, what does Narcisse say Emily is to do concerning her education?

6. In Chapter 23, what does Oreline ask of her husband concerning the war, and what is his response?

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

8. What is an example of how the traditional roles on Oreline's farm become skewed?

9. How do Ferrier's caregivers know he is close to dying of yellow fever in Chapter 17?

10. What does Narcisse tell Oreline has to be done after Ferrier's death concerning the slaves and what does she decide about Clement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

Compare/contrast the characters of Philomene and Suzette. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples. Compare/contrast the characters of Eugene and Narcisse. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When Eugene rapes Suzette, she is a virgin. After he is finished, she realizes that her dress is bloodied. Suzette does not rush to the comforting arms of her mother to tell what's happened, but rushes to find a way to hide the evidence of the rape.

Discuss the consequences of slave owners raping their slaves and how such relationships affected both the slave and the owner. Use examples from Cane River to support your response.

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