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. Why were the old folks startled by the November cotton flower?

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

3. Who is observing the forest in "Nullo"?

4. How does Esther think that men feel about her?

5. How is the weather in Georgia in November?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to Helen, why are girls fascinated with Paul?

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

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

6. What does the speaker ultimately decide to do about his hunger in "Harvest Song"?

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

8. How is Christ described in "Calling Jesus"?

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

10. How does Becky survive without the ability to work on her own?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ostracization is a key theme in Jean Toomer's "Cane". Using at lease three chapters, discuss the theme and how it is executed. Whom do we see ostracized and by whom? How is it being done? Is this a reflection of society or an individual act?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the first section of the book, Toomer goes to great lengths to describe the Georgian landscape. How is the land physically described? What attributes does Toomer attribute to both the land and its people? How do we see these reflected in the characters?

Essay Topic 3

The redemptive nature of Christianity is a major theme in "Cane". How do we see redemption being played out in both the stories and poems of "Cane"? From what and how are characters redeemed? Is the God that Toomer presents a vengeful or forgiving God?

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