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 Walter Lee sing about?

2. Mrs. Johnson asks Mama if Beneatha:

3. How much did Mama spend on the house?

4. Who are Mr. And Mrs. Arnold?

5. Why does Walter Lee thank Willie Harris?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. A new character, Mr. Karl Lindner, appears at the door. How is he greeted by the adult Youngers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does racism perpetuate poverty, or does poverty intensify racism? Or are the two problems completely separate? Explore these questions in an essay.

Essay Topic 2

The Younger family lives in cramped quarters. Describe the physical changes needed to accommodate an infant in the apartment, and how it will impact their relationships.

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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