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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Beneatha turns off the radio which was playing:
(a) Jazz
(b) Blues
(c) Swing
(d) Rock

2. What does Ruth do at the end of the scene?
(a) She faints
(b) Sings a hymn
(c) Prays
(d) Makes Travis's bed

3. What does Mama chide Ruth about?
(a) Not fixing a hot breakfast for Travis
(b) Buckling under to Walter Lee too much
(c) Getting up too late to make Travis's bed
(d) Being careless with her money

4. Where does Travis sleep?
(a) In the living room
(b) In a bedroom off the hall
(c) On the fire escape
(d) In the curtained alcove

5. Where is the action of this play set?
(a) In a quiet house in a Chicago suburb
(b) In a small apartment in Chicago's Southside
(c) In an apartment in a small town in Illinois
(d) In a boarding house in New York City

Short Answer Questions

1. In Walter Lee's imaginary African dance, he gestures with a:

2. What is Beneatha's main worry about Ruth's news?

3. Walter Lee is bitter and disappointed. Why?

4. What is Beneatha's current ambition in life?

5. Walter Lee and Ruth speak privately about what serious issue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of Mama's spindly plant to her character?

2. Why is Beneatha reluctant to let a visitor come over to the apartment on this morning?

3. Why is Ruth so embarrassed by Walter Lee and Beneatha when George Murchison comes in?

4. Why is Mama suspicious when Ruth refers to the doctor as a female?

5. How does Mama react to Beneatha asking whether Ruth "planned" her baby?

6. What does Walter Lee do when he sees Beneatha in her Nigerian costume?

7. Describe Walter Lee's future, as he sees it.

8. How does Beneatha differ from the other members of her family?

9. Travis asks repeatedly where his mother, Ruth, is during this scene. Why doesn't Mama answer his question?

10. How do Walter Lee and Ruth react when Mama tells them she bought a house in Clybourne Park?

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