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 Beneatha say she's going out to do?

2. In Walter Lee's imaginary African dance, he gestures with a:

3. What method does Beneatha suggest for getting rid of the cockroaches?

4. The house has how many bedrooms?

5. Where is the action of this play set?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Beneatha says that there's nothing left of Walter Lee to love now. How does Mama respond?

3. Ruth wants to take a hot bath at the new house. Explain why that is a luxury for her.

4. What does Walter Lee taunt George about as they wait for Beneatha?

5. What is Beneatha afraid that Mama will do when Beneatha's visitor arrives?

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

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

8. How does Mama react to Beneatha asking whether Ruth "planned" her baby?

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

10. Ruth thinks that the sign Beneatha is making for a box of china can be seen from an airplane. What is Ruth implying about Beneatha?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Research and write a report about one of the following subjects. Be sure to include the subject's relationship to the play, A Raisin in the Sun.

a) Black Power

b) Black Pride

c) Black Arts Movement

d) Black Nationalism

e) "Black is Beautiful" movement

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the play, Mama tells Ruth that Walter Lee came into "his manhood." What is Mama saying about male gender roles? How does her attitude contrast with Walter Lee's thoughts about manhood?

Essay Topic 3

Lorraine Hansberry includes extensive stage directions in her play. Explain how her stage directions add or detract from the play for the reader. Include specific examples from the text.

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