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 do the men in Fern's city feel about her after the narrator begins to pay her attention?

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

3. What is the main fault of the Christian god in "Conversion"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Fern do with her days?

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

4. What is the purpose of the "Song of the Son"?

5. Why won't Muriel go with Dan?

6. How does Karintha act out as a 12-year-old?

7. How has Avey been living when the speaker encounters her in New York, and how do we know?

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout "Cane," Jean Toomer uses descriptions of nature. Compare and contrast examples of both the beauty and destruction of nature, finding three examples of each.

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