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. In what is Rhobert sinking?

2. What is John's relation to the theater manager?

3. Whom does Rhobert leave behind when he dies?

4. Washington is described as primarily what ethnic make-up?

5. Why does the speaker in "Harvest Song" not call out to his fellow workers?

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

The African-American experience in post-slavery America is the foundation upon which "Cane" is built. What are common experiences of Black Americans in "Cane"? How are these influenced by America's slave past? How are they the same? Different? What does this say about the progression (or lack thereof) of America as a society?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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