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. Beneatha thanks Mama for:

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

3. Where did Walter Lee put the money?

4. George thinks a person should read books in order to:

5. How much did Mama spend on the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Mama serves sweet potato pie to Mrs. Johnson. What is sweet potato pie?

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

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

6. Mama explains to Mrs. Johnson that Walter Lee is busy resting. What conclusion does Mrs. Johnson jump to on hearing that?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the spirituality of the characters in this play. What is their relationship to God and higher powers? Are the Youngers spiritual or not?

Essay Topic 2

What is the central purpose of this play? What response do you think Lorraine Hansberry wanted from the audience? How does each character support her purpose? Write an essay exploring these questions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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