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 is symbolic about what the Duchess is losing?

2. What does the Landlady believe Sarah thinks she is?

3. What is the job of the Duchess' father symbolic of?

4. What occupation did "Negro" used to hold?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the African-American man take care of his mother? What was his father's reaction?

2. In Part 1, who does the audience learn is knocking?

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

4. Where did the African-American man's mother end up?

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

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

7. Describe the set at the opening of Adrienne Kennedy's play.

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

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

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

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

How does Adrienne Kennedy utilize religion throughout the play? Chose two characters from the play and discuss how religion effects each character. How does religion tie into Kennedy's theme of racial identity?

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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