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. With whose religious changes does "Conversion" deal?

2. What religion do those being converted now belong to in "Conversion"?

3. What did Carma shoot?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why might Toomer have chosen to use the comparative descriptor of a flower when detailing the storm in "Storm Ending"?

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

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

8. Why might the author choose to use a dog as a metaphor for the soul in "Calling Jesus"?

9. How do men treat Karintha as a child?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The intersection of Black and white society in the early twentieth century is discussed thoroughly in "Cane". Where do we see this intersection? How does it affect the daily lives of those belonging to each community? Are the interactions wrought of this intersection positive or negative? What might the author be attempting to say about Black/white relations?

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

The theme of love is often explored in "Cane". Write an essay using at least three examples answering the following: Where do we see love depicted in "Cane"? Who is the love shared by? Rejected by? How are these stories different? Similar?

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