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 represent?

2. Mrs. Johnson comes in. Who is she?

3. Mama begs for strength from:

4. What advice does Asagai give to Beneatha?

5. Who does Walter Lee want Beneatha to marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the first family member to be suspicious of Mr. Lindner's real intent?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Ruth tells Beneatha she went out with Walter Lee the night before. Why is that special?

10. How do we know that Beneatha tends to hold political positions that promote civil rights?

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

Explain how Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha represent changing feminine roles in society.

Essay Topic 3

George calls Walter Lee "Prometheus." Expand his meaning with an essay that explains how Walter resembles this Greek god.

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