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 does the African-American man say happened to his hair?

2. What does the audience realize the white woman is muttering as she crosses the stage a second time?

3. Where does the play open?

4. Where does "Negro" tell people she lives?

5. An African-American man walks on stage in Part 2. What is he carrying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolic about the cross in Part 3?

2. What did the African-American man's father do to his mother? Why?

3. Why does Jesus scream at the start of Part 4?

4. Whose story do the characters on stage in Part 5 tell? What do they repeat over and over?

5. Describe the character, the Landlady.

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

7. What did Sarah's father send her and why?

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

9. When the characters begin speaking in unison what do they say?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What real world events influence Adrienne Kennedy? How does she incorporate world events into her play? Does she do so subtly or are they obvious? Choose one real event or person that influences Kennedy and discuss how it manifests itself in her play.

Essay Topic 3

Adrienne Kennedy's play has many complex layers. Discuss how Kennedy uses props and lighting to deliver her message to the audience. Choose three specific props or lighting techniques and discuss why you feel they are the most effective. Include in your answer, how they are used in the play, and what the props or lighting symbolize.

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