A Raisin in the Sun Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Ruth call Beneatha's hair style?

2. Where did Mama go?

3. Who calls Walter Lee on the telephone?

4. What was the former function of Ruth and Walter Lee's bedroom?

5. What does Mama chide Ruth about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Walter Lee get upset at Mama when she tells him about her plans for the insurance money?

2. Why is it difficult for members of the Younger family to use the bathroom in the morning?

3. What is Mama waiting for Walter Lee to do after she tells him about Ruth's pregnancy?

4. Walter Lee asks Mr. Lindner to get out, but Mr. Lindner leaves something behind. What?

5. What function does Joseph Asagai provide in this play about an African-American family?

6. After giving $3500 to the reatlors, Mama makes a brave decision by giving Walter Lee the rest of the insurance money. What is the significance of her action?

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

8. Why do you think Ruth fainted at the end of the scene?

9. Beneatha says that there's nothing left of Walter Lee to love now. How does Mama respond?

10. Why is Beneatha upset at Walter Lee in this scene?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining how this play relates to the American Dream. Is there one American Dream or are there many different ones? What is this play saying about the Americans and their dreams?

Essay Topic 2

Research and write a report about one of the following subjects. Be sure to include the subject's relationship to the play, A Raisin in the Sun.

a) Black Power

b) Black Pride

c) Black Arts Movement

d) Black Nationalism

e) "Black is Beautiful" movement

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the play, Mama tells Ruth that Walter Lee came into "his manhood." What is Mama saying about male gender roles? How does her attitude contrast with Walter Lee's thoughts about manhood?

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