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. According to the text, how many rooms do typical homes in Georgia have?

2. At what age does Karintha become sexually active?

3. Why did Carma take a lover?

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

5. When she is nine years old, by whom does Esther become entranced?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do men treat Karintha as a child?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why might the author have used the little finger as a metaphor for his entire body in "Prayer"?

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

9. Given the imagery in the poem "Portrait in Georgia", how might the author view the position of black Georgian residents?

10. Why might the author have used electrical imagery to describe the woman in "Her Lips are Copper Wire"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Temptation and the wrath of God are common themes examined in "Cane". Using at least three examples, where do we see these themes playing out? What are characters tempted by, and how do they deal with these temptations? What is the anticipated or seen reaction of God?

Essay Topic 2

Ostracization is a key theme in Jean Toomer's "Cane". Using at lease three chapters, discuss the theme and how it is executed. Whom do we see ostracized and by whom? How is it being done? Is this a reflection of society or an individual act?

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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