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

2. Mama's real name is:

3. What does Travis ask his mother for?

4. What does Ruth do at the end of the scene?

5. Where does Beneatha expect to get her tuition from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Beneatha surprise George before they go out on their date?

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

6. Why did Mama decide to buy a new house for the family?

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

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. Walter Lee mentions that Mama is expecting something to arrive in the mail. What is she expecting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Younger family lives in cramped quarters. Describe the physical changes needed to accommodate an infant in the apartment, and how it will impact their relationships.

Essay Topic 2

What is the central purpose of this play? What response do you think Lorraine Hansberry wanted from the audience? How does each character support her purpose? Write an essay exploring these questions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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