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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 type of tree does the poem "Nullo" refer?

2. How did the townspeople know that Becky was alive?

3. After finding no wounds in Carma, what does Bane do?

4. What animals were described as searching for water?

5. What do all of the men in Karintha's life want to bring her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do men react after being rejected by Fern?

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

5. Why might the author have chosen to describe Cloine while sleeping in "Evening Song"?

6. What differences do we see between Kabnis and Lewis?

7. Why won't Muriel go with Dan?

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

9. How did the older generation view the blooming of the November Cotton Flower?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In sections one and two of "Cane," we see a significant shift from viewing the experience of the rural African American to the urban African American. Compare and contrast the experience for rural and urban African Americans as depicted in "Cane".

Essay Topic 2

Throughout "Cane," Jean Toomer uses descriptions of nature. Compare and contrast examples of both the beauty and destruction of nature, finding three examples of each.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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