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. How are the horses pulling the mower in "Reapers" described?

2. What is the woman described in "Face" doing?

3. What do all of the men in Karintha's life want to bring her?

4. After her first baby was born, how did the townspeople react towards Becky?

5. Why were the old folks startled by the November cotton flower?

Short Essay Questions

1. What seems to be the overall emotional impression of the woman described in "Face"?

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

3. How does Dorris feel about the theater manager's brother, John?

4. How is Becky treated after it is found that she is pregnant with a black man's child?

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

6. What is Bob Stone's prime objection to a relationship between Louisa and Tom?

7. How does Karintha act out as a 12-year-old?

8. How has Avey been living when the speaker encounters her in New York, and how do we know?

9. Does the narrator appear to place blame on Bane for cutting the men?

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

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

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 "Cane," Jean Toomer uses descriptions of nature. Compare and contrast examples of both the beauty and destruction of nature, finding three examples of each.

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