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. When Mama gives Walter Lee the money, she shows:

2. Where does Mrs. Johnson pat Ruth?

3. What does Ruth give Mrs. Johnson?

4. What does Ruth tell Travis to do when Karl Lindner arrives?

5. Who are Mr. And Mrs. Arnold?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Joseph Asagai tell Beneatha he wants to do with his life?

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

7. How does Ruth react to Mama giving up on the move to the new house?

8. Is Mrs. Johnson sincere when she says, "I'm soooo happy for y'all"? Explain.

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

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

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 2

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.

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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