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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 give to Mama?
2. Walter Lee grabs Bobo and:
3. Beneatha says she wants to:
4. How much did Mama spend on the house?
5. What did people say about Mama when she was a child?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Walter Lee asks Mr. Lindner to get out, but Mr. Lindner leaves something behind. What?
3. Before this scene we hadn't realized the scope of Walter Lee's dreams. What are they?
4. How does Walter Lee find out that Mama's money is gone?
5. How do we know that Beneatha tends to hold political positions that promote civil rights?
6. Travis says that he wants to be a bus driver. How do Walter Lee's dreams for Travis differ from his son's?
7. Mama says she's tired after work. She has climbed steps to get into the apartment. Explain why she didn't use an elevator.
8. Why does Mama insist on Travis staying while Walter Lee talks to Karl Lindner?
9. Why is Beneatha upset at Walter Lee in this scene?
10. How does Ruth react to Mama giving up on the move to the new house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Examine the symbolism of the props in this play, including Mama's plant, the poison being spread to kill the cockroaches, and the Nigerian clothing that Joseph Asagai brings.
Essay Topic 3
The author introduces many references in this play, from Hughes to Henry David Thoreau to Greek mythology and African songs. What do these references add to the play? How do they expand the universality of the themes?
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