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 "Negro" long to have?

2. Where does the Duchess say her mother is?

3. Who does the African-American man that walks on stage represent?

4. Who is making the noise that the the Duchess of Hapsburg and Queen Victoria hear throughout the scene?

5. How does Sarah claim she killed her father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the African-American man's father tell his son was going to come after him?

3. When Jesus wakes up who does he say he will kill and for who?

4. What did Sarah's father say his existence depends on and what does this mean?

5. What does the Duchess tell Raymond about her father in Part 2?

6. What happened when Sarah tried to visit her father?

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

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

9. What does the Landlady believe about Sarah's father's death?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Sarah and her father attempt to reconcile on Easter. Discuss why this holiday is significant to the play and to the character of Sarah. Choose one other religious theme within the play and discuss how it is relevant to the theme of racial identity.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss who you believe is the protagonist of this play. Include in your answer the definition of protagonist. Can more the one protagonist exist? Do you believe there is more then one in this play? Site specific examples from the text to make your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Monologues are prevalent in Adrienne Kennedy's play. Define what a monologue is and how Kennedy uses them in her play. Why did Kennedy elect to use monologues rather then conversations between characters to tell Sarah's story?

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