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. To what are the woman's muscles in "Face" compared?

2. Who is observing the forest in "Nullo"?

3. What does Cloine do while the speaker observes her?

4. What did Karintha do as a child?

5. Where was the cotton song sung?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the beehive described in "Beehive"?

4. What is the purpose of the "Song of the Son"?

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

6. Why might the author choose to describe the pine forest in "Nullo"?

7. How does Becky survive without the ability to work on her own?

8. What is Barlo's reaction to Esther when she is 29 and comes for him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of "Cane" deals with race relations and the Black/white divide, but there are also many examples of segmentation within the Black community. Where do we see this happening in the book? Which characters experience being singled out or discriminated upon because of their skin tone? Who is doing this to them? How are their experiences similar/different?

Essay Topic 2

In "Cane," we see examples of both technology and nature. Where do we see both taking place? How are they portrayed? Does Toomer present one in a positive or negative light? Why might the comparison be made? Are they representative of anything?

Essay Topic 3

The African-American experience in post-slavery America is the foundation upon which "Cane" is built. What are common experiences of Black Americans in "Cane"? How are these influenced by America's slave past? How are they the same? Different? What does this say about the progression (or lack thereof) of America as a society?

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