Cane Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which dancer in the theater particularly appeals to John?

2. In what game do Bona and Paul touch?

3. Where would the drone bee optimally be if he were not in the beehive?

4. What will the speaker's feeling overpower in "Her Lips are Copper Wire"?

5. What fills the sky in the second half of "Storm Ending"?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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