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. Walter Lee is bitter and disappointed. Why?

2. She puts on a phonograph record of:

3. Who calls Walter Lee on the telephone?

4. What does Ruth think of Willie?

5. What does Travis ask Mama?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mama react when her neighbor, Mrs. Johnson, refuses to lend her some cleanser?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explain how Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha represent changing feminine roles in society.

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