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 happens because of the African-American man's feelings about himself?

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

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

4. Who does "Negro" transform into?

5. What does "Negro" wear around her neck?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Duchess and Queen Victoria the first time the audience sees them.

3. What is symbolic about Sarah saying she killed her own father?

4. What is symbolic about the bag of hair the Duchess brings on stage?

5. How does Sarah describe the rooms around her?

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

7. What happened to the African-American man's father?

8. How does Sarah describe herself?

9. Describe the African-American man that walks on stage in Part 2.

10. What is significant about the Duchess showing Jesus how to wear his hair?

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

The African-American man's father wanted to become a messiah for his people. How was he going to become a messiah and for what purpose? What statement is Adrienne Kennedy making by creating this goal for the character?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Adrienne Kennedy's use of the noose and the cross in her play. How are these two items symbolically similar? How are they different? How do both objects speak to Kennedy's theme of racial identity? Site specific examples from the text.

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