Cane Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When contemplating what sort of life Fern might have, how does the author compare love to prejudice?

2. With which physical attribute on others is Esther preoccupied?

3. At twenty-two, how does Esther decide that she feels about Barlo?

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

5. Where does the whistle mark the end of the day's shift?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rhobert feel about his personal struggles affecting his family?

2. How does Cloine relate physically to the speaker's emotions in "Evening Song"?

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

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

5. What does Paul want from Bona?

6. As Karintha becomes a woman, what do young men do for her?

7. What are the "reapers" in the poem of the same name?

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

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

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

Essay 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

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".

Essay Topic 3

The plight of the Black male is examined extensively within the pages of "Cane". Using at least three characters, discuss how Toomer uses individuals' stories to look at the issue of what it means to be a Black man. How are these characters expected to act? Toward women? Toward work? Toward spirituality? How do the characters deal with these expectations?

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