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 "Song of the Son," where ought we pour our soul?

2. How was the cotton described during November?

3. In "Evening Song", to what is Cloine compared?

4. How does the speaker feel about Cloine?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How do men treat Karintha as a child?

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

7. What differences do we see between Kabnis and Lewis?

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

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

10. What seems to be the overall emotional impression of the woman described in "Face"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout "Cane," we are given examples of metaphorical imagery. Using examples from the text, detail the author's use of metaphor as a means to purvey the pain and sorrow of the African-American experience in the South.

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

In sections one and two of "Cane," we see a significant shift from viewing the experience of the rural African American to the urban African American. Compare and contrast the experience for rural and urban African Americans as depicted in "Cane".

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