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 Travis bring in for Mama?

2. What does Ruth forbid Travis to do?

3. Walter Lee has been out talking to:

4. Why does Walter come back after leaving the apartment?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What conclusion do Ruth and Walter Lee come to about their marriage in this scene?

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

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

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

5. What is Mama waiting for Walter Lee to do after she tells him about Ruth's pregnancy?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Hansberry starts the play with a poem by Langston Hughes about a "dream deferred." Explain how this poem and its images relate to the play.

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