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. After comparing his soul to a little finger, how does the speaker then describe this body part?

2. In "Calling Jesus," to what animal is the soul of the woman described compared?

3. Which part of the speaker does he feel is most easily nourished in "Prayer"?

4. "Prayer" deals with the thematic tug and pull between what two issues?

5. Which field worker in "Blood-Burning Mood" is in love with Louisa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout "Cane," Jean Toomer uses descriptions of nature. Compare and contrast examples of both the beauty and destruction of nature, finding three examples of each.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The intersection of Black and white society in the early twentieth century is discussed thoroughly in "Cane". Where do we see this intersection? How does it affect the daily lives of those belonging to each community? Are the interactions wrought of this intersection positive or negative? What might the author be attempting to say about Black/white relations?

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