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 do the cotton pickers wear?

2. Within the "Song of the Son," to what are slaves compared?

3. How does the speaker feel about Cloine?

4. At what age does Karintha become sexually active?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did the older generation view the blooming of the November Cotton Flower?

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

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

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

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

9. How is the sound of the storm described in "Storm Ending"?

10. Why might the author choose to use a dog as a metaphor for the soul in "Calling Jesus"?

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

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 3

Compare and contrast the stories written about theaters ("Box Seat" and Theater"). How are the characters in the stories similar/different? What does the theater represent in each?

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