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 are the eyebrows of the old woman described in "Face" shaped?

2. According to the cotton song, what is the salvation of Judgment Day?

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

4. Where was Becky's house?

5. How is Carma described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Paul want from Bona?

2. Discuss the visual and social contrasts that the author sets up between Black Seventh Street and the rest of white Washington.

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

4. How is Christ described in "Calling Jesus"?

5. How does Dorris feel about the theater manager's brother, John?

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

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

8. How does the author describe both the African and Christian God in "Conversion"?

9. How is the sound of the storm described in "Storm Ending"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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".

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