A Raisin in the Sun Test | 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. Ruth changes her mind about

2. Where will George take Beneatha on their date?Where will George take Beneatha on their date?

3. What is revealed when Beneatha takes off her headdress?

4. Where is the house that Mama bought?

5. Where does Travis sleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Walter Lee finally decide not to take Karl Lindner's money?

3. Travis says that he wants to be a bus driver. How do Walter Lee's dreams for Travis differ from his son's?

4. A new character, Mr. Karl Lindner, appears at the door. How is he greeted by the adult Youngers?

5. What conclusion do Ruth and Walter Lee come to about their marriage in this scene?

6. How do the onstage character to react to Mr. Lindner's offer to buy their new house? Describe their emotions.

7. Instead of going to his job for several days, Walter Lee spent the time driving away from the city. Why did he do this and where did he go?

8. What is Ruth referring to when she talks to George about "them bombs and things they keep setting off?"

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

George calls Walter Lee "Prometheus." Expand his meaning with an essay that explains how Walter resembles this Greek god.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the symbolism of the props in this play, including Mama's plant, the poison being spread to kill the cockroaches, and the Nigerian clothing that Joseph Asagai brings.

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