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. What is the first thing Ruth does on stage?

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

3. According to Walter Lee, money is:

4. The house has how many bedrooms?

5. What does Mama tell Walter Lee about Ruth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Which members of the Younger family share each of the two bedrooms?

6. Ruth scolds Walter Lee for keeping Travis up the night before. How did Walter Lee do that?

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

8. Why does Beneatha have to wait to use the bathroom when she wakes up?

9. How does the author let the reader know that Beneatha is inauthentic in the way she wears her Nigerian costume?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lorraine Hansberry was a notable African-American. She was also a woman. People tend to consider both perspectives as somehow more specialized than white, male perspectives. Do you agree? Write an essay addressing the question of whether this play is primarily an "African-American" play or a "Woman's" play.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Identify and describe the following dramatic structures in the play: Exposition, Rising Action, Turning Points, Climax, and Falling Action. Use dialogue and text examples to support your descriptions.

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