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. Who does Dan compare himself to when he makes the exclamation in the theater?

2. What is Avey's profession?

3. What does the speaker worry about when calling the spirits in "Prayer"?

4. What ethnicity is Paul?

5. What does the speaker beat his hands against at the end of "Harvest Song"?

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

Toomer includes many examples of interracial relationships within "Cane." Using at least two examples, discuss the author's feelings on said relationships. How are interracial couples treated at the time by society? What adversities do they face, and how do they deal with these?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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