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 does Mama chide Ruth about?

2. What term does he use to describe Beneatha's hair?

3. Who is acting as head of the Younger family?

4. What does Mama warn Walter Lee about?

5. Under the influence of alcohol, Walter Lee dramatically ridicules what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why do Ruth and Walter Lee react so strongly to the idea of moving to Clybourne Park?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lorraine Hansberry uses many images in this play. Walter Lee is particularly visual when he speaks about his dreams. Examine the imagery he uses and how it support his character.

Essay Topic 2

All of the characters in this play have specific relationships to money or the lack thereof. Examine the theme of money in this play and how it affects the various characters.

Essay Topic 3

In speaking about the new house, Ruth asks Mama, "Is there a whole lot of sunlight?" Explain the dramatic contrast of the dark, dingy apartment set with the idea of a room full of light. What does a new environment represent to the Younger family?

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