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. What is the overall physical state of the speaker in "Harvest Song"?

2. Who lives on Seventh Street?

3. What do Dorris and John speak about in the theater?

4. Which character in "Blood-Burning Moon" is a plantation owner?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the stories written about theaters ("Box Seat" and Theater"). How are the characters in the stories similar/different? What does the theater represent in each?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Childbirth is a recurring event in "Cane." Discuss how pregnancy and childbirth are viewed by the communities presented in "Cane". How are children treated? How are mothers treated? What situations do we see that are similar, and how are they resolved?

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