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 was the name of boy in Beneatha's story?

2. As the scene opens, what does Beneatha carry?

3. Beneatha thinks Mama looks like:

4. Joseph Asaigai says that Beneatha is grateful to her brother because:

5. Mama advises Beneatha:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Walter Lee asks Mr. Lindner to get out, but Mr. Lindner leaves something behind. What?

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

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe how Mama exercises her power over family members, especially the male characters Walter and Travis. How does she include or exclude them?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the play, Mama tells Ruth that Walter Lee came into "his manhood." What is Mama saying about male gender roles? How does her attitude contrast with Walter Lee's thoughts about manhood?

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