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 does the blade of the mower cut in "Reapers"?

2. What kind of songs are being sung in the cotton fields by field workers in "Georgia Dusk"?

3. The poem "Evening Song" is an ode to whom?

4. What did the townspeople secretly bring Becky?

5. Who does the narrator blame for the end of Carma's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Muriel's physical appearance at the theater.

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

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

4. What does Paul want from Bona?

5. How is the sound of the storm described in "Storm Ending"?

6. What references to the black slave experience do we see in "Portrait in Georgia"?

7. How do men treat Karintha as a child?

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

9. How is Christ described in "Calling Jesus"?

10. Why might the author have used electrical imagery to describe the woman in "Her Lips are Copper Wire"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Doubt in relationships plays a large role in character development in "Cane". Where do we see doubt taking place? Whom or what is being doubted? How does the author portray this to the reader, and in what ways is it effective? What does this doubt mean in the larger societal context?

Essay Topic 3

Temptation and the wrath of God are common themes examined in "Cane". Using at least three examples, where do we see these themes playing out? What are characters tempted by, and how do they deal with these temptations? What is the anticipated or seen reaction of God?

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