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 is Narcisse's response to the increasingly unstable conditions in Chapter 22?

2. What does Oreline beg Valery to do?

3. With what mentality does Emily think the older women in her family live?

4. What does Philomene say about Emily in Chapter 21?

5. How many children has Narcisse fathered over recent years?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 19, what does Elisabeth say about Philomene's visions, and how does Philomene plan to use them on Narcisse?

2. What is Philomene's vision when she is ill in Chapter 18?

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

4. What does Emily do in Chapter 31 that seems to indicate her relationship with Joseph is serious?

5. What does Narcisse say he worries about concerning Emily?

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

7. How does Philomene feel about the lives of her family?

8. What do the Union armies start doing, and what is Philomene's response?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than an action-driven plot, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven or action-driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character are developed to the same degree? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Cane River is? Explain your response.

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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