Funnyhouse of a Negro Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Adrienne Kennedy
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the Duchess of Hapsburg and Queen Victoria wear on their faces?

2. Where was the person the African-American man dreamed about sitting?

3. What are the hairpieces that the Duchess of Hapsburg and Queen Victoria wear made of?

4. What does the Landlady tell Sarah about her father?

5. What does the Duchess think her father wants to do to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did the African-American man's father's mother want him to travel and why?

2. What does the white woman who crosses the stage in the white nightgown say the first time? What does she say the second time she crosses the stage?

3. Who was the African-American man's grandmother against her son marrying?

4. Whose story does the African-American man tell in Part 3?

5. Who appears on stage with Sarah and what does he do to Sarah?

6. What do the Duchess and Jesus do to each other in Part 4?

7. How does the Duchess react to Jesus' hair falling out?

8. Describe how Sarah says she killed her father.

9. What hope did the African-American man's father's mother have for him?

10. Why does Patrice Lumumba's hair fall out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of racial identity in this play. How does Adrienne Kennedy weave this theme throughout her play? How does racial identity drive the actions of the characters? Choose two characters and compare and contrast the ways they deal with racial identity in this play.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the historical significance of Patrice Lumumba and how Adrienne Kennedy uses him in her play. How does the life of Patrice Lumumba bring forth the message that Kennedy is trying to convey?

Essay Topic 3

How does the set of the play influence the audiences reaction to the play? How does the set influence the message the author is trying to convey? Site specific examples from the text.

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