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. Who is acting as head of the Younger family?

2. What is Beneatha's task?

3. Ruth changes her mind about

4. What does Beneatha say she's going out to do?

5. What does Ruth forbid Travis to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Mama already has plans for the insurance money. What are they?

3. What does Ruth urge Mama to do with the insurance money for Big Walter's death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Walter Lee's future, as he sees it.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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