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 is different about the apartment?

2. Why does Walter Lee thank Willie Harris?

3. Mama warns the movers to be careful with what object?

4. What is Walter Lee looking for when he searches the apartment?

5. What does Beneatha scornfully call Joseph?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the onstage character to react to Mr. Lindner's offer to buy their new house? Describe their emotions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

George calls Walter Lee "Prometheus." Expand his meaning with an essay that explains how Walter resembles this Greek god.

Essay Topic 3

All of the characters in this play have specific relationships to money or the lack thereof. Examine the theme of money in this play and how it affects the various characters.

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