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. What information does a towns person divulge to the narrator upon first sight of Fern?

2. What has Karintha's abuse in the past caused her to do?

3. Who is the "son" in the "Song of the Son"?

4. To which theme does "Georgia Dusk" contain many references?

5. Of what are scythes made?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might Toomer have chosen to end with the image of light upon Father John and Carrie?

2. What is the speaker asking of God in "Prayer"?

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

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

5. What references to the black slave experience do we see in "Portrait in Georgia"?

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

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

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

9. What does Paul want from Bona?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The redemptive nature of Christianity is a major theme in "Cane". How do we see redemption being played out in both the stories and poems of "Cane"? From what and how are characters redeemed? Is the God that Toomer presents a vengeful or forgiving God?

Essay Topic 2

The intersection of Black and white society in the early twentieth century is discussed thoroughly in "Cane". Where do we see this intersection? How does it affect the daily lives of those belonging to each community? Are the interactions wrought of this intersection positive or negative? What might the author be attempting to say about Black/white relations?

Essay Topic 3

Much of "Cane" deals with race relations and the Black/white divide, but there are also many examples of segmentation within the Black community. Where do we see this happening in the book? Which characters experience being singled out or discriminated upon because of their skin tone? Who is doing this to them? How are their experiences similar/different?

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