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. As the scene opens, what does Beneatha carry?

2. What is different about the apartment?

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

4. What does Mama say when Karl Lindner appeals to her?

5. How long has Beneatha wanted to be a doctor?

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. 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?

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

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

5. Travis says that he wants to be a bus driver. How do Walter Lee's dreams for Travis differ from his son's?

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

7. What does Beneatha want to do at the end of the play?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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