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 does Ruth do at the end of the scene?

3. What is the time period of the play?

4. She puts on a phonograph record of:

5. Mama ignores:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Mama show understanding when Beneatha says that George is a fool?

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

5. How does Ruth react to Mama giving up on the move to the new house?

6. Is Mrs. Johnson sincere when she says, "I'm soooo happy for y'all"? Explain.

7. Ruth tells Beneatha she went out with Walter Lee the night before. Why is that special?

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

9. How do we know that Beneatha tends to hold political positions that promote civil rights?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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