A Raisin in the Sun Test | Final 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 Mr. Lindner bring the Youngers?

2. Mama advises Beneatha:

3. Mama begs for strength from:

4. Walter Lee is so happy that he:

5. According to Joseph Asagai, what is exceptional in his village?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mama serves sweet potato pie to Mrs. Johnson. What is sweet potato pie?

2. Why does Walter Lee ask Karl Lindner to come back to the apartment?

3. Before this scene we hadn't realized the scope of Walter Lee's dreams. What are they?

4. Why does Mama insist on Travis staying while Walter Lee talks to Karl Lindner?

5. At the end of the play, Mama tells Ruth that Walter Lee "finally come into his manhood today." What does it mean to come into your manhood?

6. 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?

7. After giving $3500 to the reatlors, Mama makes a brave decision by giving Walter Lee the rest of the insurance money. What is the significance of her action?

8. Walter Lee asks Mr. Lindner to get out, but Mr. Lindner leaves something behind. What?

9. Beneatha sarcastically asks George "Why read books---why go to school?" Give her answer.

10. How does Walter Lee find out that Mama's money is gone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe how Mama exercises her power over family members, especially the male characters Walter and Travis. How does she include or exclude them?

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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