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 do the cotton pickers wear?

2. How is Esther described physically?

3. What animal has been walking in the forest as evidenced by imprints in "Nullo"?

4. What do the men do after working at the sawmill in "Georgia Dusk"?

5. At twenty-two, how does Esther decide that she feels about Barlo?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Louisa feel about Tom Burwell and Bob Stone?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the speaker hope might come of slavery in "Song of the Son"?

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

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

10. What does the fieldmouse represent in the poem, "Reapers"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout "Cane," we are given examples of metaphorical imagery. Using examples from the text, detail the author's use of metaphor as a means to purvey the pain and sorrow of the African-American experience in the South.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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