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

2. What is the main fault of the Christian god in "Conversion"?

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

4. The Song of the Son is a song about whom?

5. How did the townspeople know that Becky was alive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Fern do with her days?

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

4. Why does the speaker refer to Avey as a cow?

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

6. In the poem "Seventh Street," how has prohibition affected the Black residents of Washington, D.C.?

7. What prevents the speaker from connecting with those around him in "Harvest Song"?

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

9. Does the narrator appear to place blame on Bane for cutting the men?

10. Why might the author have used electrical imagery to describe the woman in "Her Lips are Copper Wire"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Much of "Cane" deals with race relations and the Black/white divide, but there are also many examples of segmentation within the Black community. Where do we see this happening in the book? Which characters experience being singled out or discriminated upon because of their skin tone? Who is doing this to them? How are their experiences similar/different?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of love is often explored in "Cane". Write an essay using at least three examples answering the following: Where do we see love depicted in "Cane"? Who is the love shared by? Rejected by? How are these stories different? Similar?

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