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 opens Part 2 of Adrienne Kennedy's play?

2. What color dress does the woman Adrienne Kennedy refers to as "Negro" wear?

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

4. What does Queen Victoria say in her scene with the Duchess in Part 2?

5. What causes "Negro" to lose her hair?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Sarah says she killed her father.

2. What sound occurs during the Duchess' scene with Jesus? Who makes the knocking noise?

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

4. What happened when Sarah's father went to visit her?

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

6. How does Sarah describe the rooms around her?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the historical significance of Patrice Lumumba and how Adrienne Kennedy uses him in her play. How does the life of Patrice Lumumba bring forth the message that Kennedy is trying to convey?

Essay Topic 3

What does Raymond mean when he says that Sarah's father "eats at a white glass table?" Analyze the statement and relate it to Adrienne Kennedy's theme of racial identity.

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