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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. As an a adult, how does Karintha feel about men?

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

3. What animals were described as searching for water?

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

5. What does Cloine do while the speaker observes her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bob Stone's prime objection to a relationship between Louisa and Tom?

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

3. Why won't Muriel go with Dan?

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

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

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

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

8. What are the "reapers" in the poem of the same name?

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

10. How do men treat Karintha as a child?

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 plight of the Black male is examined extensively within the pages of "Cane". Using at least three characters, discuss how Toomer uses individuals' stories to look at the issue of what it means to be a Black man. How are these characters expected to act? Toward women? Toward work? Toward spirituality? How do the characters deal with these expectations?

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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