Cane 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. As an a adult, how does Karintha feel about men?

2. How is the soil described in "Song of the Son"?

3. How many times has Karintha been married?

4. Which celestial orb does the author use in "Evening Song" to describe Cloine?

5. How does Karintha express her anger?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe both the African and Christian God in "Conversion"?

2. Why might the author have chosen to describe Cloine while sleeping in "Evening Song"?

3. What sounds can be heard at dusk in "Georgia Dusk"?

4. What is the speaker asking of God in "Prayer"?

5. What effect does the smoke have on Karintha's surroundings the day that she gives birth to her child?

6. What prevents the speaker from connecting with those around him in "Harvest Song"?

7. How does Rhobert feel about his personal struggles affecting his family?

8. How does the author describe the forest in "Nullo"?

9. What does the speaker ultimately decide to do about his hunger in "Harvest Song"?

10. Why might the author choose to use a dog as a metaphor for the soul in "Calling Jesus"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The redemptive nature of Christianity is a major theme in "Cane". How do we see redemption being played out in both the stories and poems of "Cane"? From what and how are characters redeemed? Is the God that Toomer presents a vengeful or forgiving God?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the stories written about theaters ("Box Seat" and Theater"). How are the characters in the stories similar/different? What does the theater represent in each?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the first section of the book, Toomer goes to great lengths to describe the Georgian landscape. How is the land physically described? What attributes does Toomer attribute to both the land and its people? How do we see these reflected in the characters?

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