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

2. What is different about the apartment?

3. Mama begs for strength from:

4. What word is it that affects Walter Lee so strongly that he begins to pace and mutter?

5. What has Ruth bought for the new house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Beneatha upset at Walter Lee in this scene?

2. Describe Walter Lee's body language as he approaches Karl Lindner to accept the man's offer.

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

4. 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?

5. Instead of going to his job for several days, Walter Lee spent the time driving away from the city. Why did he do this and where did he go?

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

7. In this scene, Walter Lee's mood has changed for the better from his depression earlier. How does he express his happier feelings?

8. A new character, Mr. Karl Lindner, appears at the door. How is he greeted by the adult Youngers?

9. Mama explains to Mrs. Johnson that Walter Lee is busy resting. What conclusion does Mrs. Johnson jump to on hearing that?

10. Mama says she's tired after work. She has climbed steps to get into the apartment. Explain why she didn't use an elevator.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

All of the characters in this play have specific relationships to money or the lack thereof. Examine the theme of money in this play and how it affects the various characters.

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