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. "Georgia Dusk" discusses what time of day?

2. To what does the speaker compare another birth in the family line in "Song of the Son"?

3. What do the cotton song's lyrics reference?

4. Why did Carma take a lover?

5. Of what are scythes made?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the speaker refer to Avey as a cow?

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

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

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

5. Given the content of the poem "Conversion," how might the author feel about the process of conversion?

6. What was the physical effect on the land of the boll weevil infestation?

7. Does the narrator appear to place blame on Bane for cutting the men?

8. How does Cloine relate physically to the speaker's emotions in "Evening Song"?

9. Describe the procession of men leaving work as told in "Georgia Dusk."

10. Why might the author choose to describe the pine forest in "Nullo"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the first section of the book, Toomer goes to great lengths to describe the Georgian landscape. How is the land physically described? What attributes does Toomer attribute to both the land and its people? How do we see these reflected in the characters?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The African-American experience in post-slavery America is the foundation upon which "Cane" is built. What are common experiences of Black Americans in "Cane"? How are these influenced by America's slave past? How are they the same? Different? What does this say about the progression (or lack thereof) of America as a society?

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