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. Walter Lee is so happy that he:

2. What was the name of boy in Beneatha's story?

3. Mrs. Johnson's personality can be described as:

4. What is Beneatha's nickname?

5. How does Mr. Lindner describe the people in Clybourne Park?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the onstage character to react to Mr. Lindner's offer to buy their new house? Describe their emotions.

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

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

6. How does Mama show understanding when Beneatha says that George is a fool?

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

8. Why does Walter Lee finally decide not to take Karl Lindner's money?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining how this play relates to the American Dream. Is there one American Dream or are there many different ones? What is this play saying about the Americans and their dreams?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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