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. Mr. Arnold threatens to:

2. What is the last thing Mama takes from the apartment?

3. What, according to Mama, happened to Walter Lee in this scene?

4. Beneatha thanks Mama for:

5. Beneatha says her people have to overcome:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Ruth wants to take a hot bath at the new house. Explain why that is a luxury for her.

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lorraine Hansberry uses many images in this play. Walter Lee is particularly visual when he speaks about his dreams. Examine the imagery he uses and how it support his character.

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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