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 many times has Karintha been married?

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

3. "Georgia Dusk" discusses what time of day?

4. How are the eyebrows of the old woman described in "Face" shaped?

5. What color is the hair of the old woman described in "Face"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why might Toomer have used the voice of the cotton picker?

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

7. How does the author describe both the African and Christian God in "Conversion"?

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

9. Why might Toomer have chosen to use the comparative descriptor of a flower when detailing the storm in "Storm Ending"?

10. What sounds can be heard at dusk in "Georgia Dusk"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Women play a huge role in Jean Toomer's "Cane". How are they depicted? Does Toomer seem to respect or disrespect women? Which characters do we see supporting this assertion?

Essay Topic 2

Toomer includes many examples of interracial relationships within "Cane." Using at least two examples, discuss the author's feelings on said relationships. How are interracial couples treated at the time by society? What adversities do they face, and how do they deal with these?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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