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. Why does Walter Lee thank Willie Harris?

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

3. What opinion does the Welcoming Committee hold?

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

5. Beneatha says she wants to:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Why does Mama insist on Travis staying while Walter Lee talks to Karl Lindner?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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