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. How many sons did Becky have?

2. How was the cotton described during November?

3. To what type of tree does the poem "Nullo" refer?

4. How is Esther described physically?

5. "Georgia Dusk" discusses what time of day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the speaker ultimately decide to do about his hunger in "Harvest Song"?

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

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

4. How does Becky survive without the ability to work on her own?

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

6. What does the speaker want the woman to do in "Her Lips are Copper Wire"?

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

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

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

10. How is Becky treated after it is found that she is pregnant with a black man's child?

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

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?

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