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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. After finding no wounds in Carma, what does Bane do?

2. Where was Becky's house?

3. At what age does Karintha become sexually active?

4. What does the blade of the mower cut in "Reapers"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Paul want from Bona?

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

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

6. How do men treat Karintha as a child?

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

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

9. What was the physical effect on the land of the boll weevil infestation?

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

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 "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 3

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?

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