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. Who does the African-American man say he dreamed about?

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

3. What was the person the African-American man dreamed about doing?

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

5. What does the African American man claim he was born between?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the audience see after the stage goes into darkness?

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

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

5. How does the lighting in Part 5 change the setting?

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

7. What is the symbolism behind the new setting in Part 5?

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

9. How does Sarah describe herself?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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