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 recurring dream does Esther have about her father's store?

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

3. How is the weather in Georgia in November?

4. According to the "Song of the Son," where ought we pour our soul?

5. How does the woman personified with the face seem to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect does the honey have on the drones?

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

3. In the poem "Seventh Street," how has prohibition affected the Black residents of Washington, D.C.?

4. Given the imagery in the poem "Portrait in Georgia", how might the author view the position of black Georgian residents?

5. What does the house upon Rhobert's head represent?

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

7. What are the "reapers" in the poem of the same name?

8. Why might Toomer have used the voice of the cotton picker?

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

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

Throughout "Cane," the reader is shown men in danger of temptation. By what are these men tempted? How do they give into or resist this temptation? What are the potential benefits or consequences of this temptation? What might we infer Toomer is trying to say about temptation?

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

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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