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. Of what are scythes made?

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 wild behavior, who defends Karintha?

5. What animals were described as searching for water?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator describe Carma?

3. According to Helen, why are girls fascinated with Paul?

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

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

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

7. According to the poem "Cotton Song," what must a man do in order to be judged kindly on Judgment Day?

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

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

10. As Karintha becomes a woman, what do young men do for her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Childbirth is a recurring event in "Cane." Discuss how pregnancy and childbirth are viewed by the communities presented in "Cane". How are children treated? How are mothers treated? What situations do we see that are similar, and how are they resolved?

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

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?

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