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. What are reapers' relationships to scythes?

2. What is the main fault of the Christian god in "Conversion"?

3. After her wild behavior, who defends Karintha?

4. What do the cotton pickers wear?

5. What type of tree is singing in the swamp as the men walk home from the sawmill?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Esther is nine, she witnesses Barlo making a public speech about what?

3. What does the fieldmouse represent in the poem, "Reapers"?

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

5. Why might the author have used the little finger as a metaphor for his entire body in "Prayer"?

6. Discuss the visual and social contrasts that the author sets up between Black Seventh Street and the rest of white Washington.

7. What does the speaker want the woman to do in "Her Lips are Copper Wire"?

8. As Karintha becomes a woman, what do young men do for her?

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

10. Describe the procession of men leaving work as told in "Georgia Dusk."

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ostracization is a key theme in Jean Toomer's "Cane". Using at lease three chapters, discuss the theme and how it is executed. Whom do we see ostracized and by whom? How is it being done? Is this a reflection of society or an individual act?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Women play a huge role in Jean Toomer's "Cane". How are they depicted? Does Toomer seem to respect or disrespect women? Which characters do we see supporting this assertion?

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