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. Beneatha walks by dressed in:

2. What does Mama ask Beneatha and Ruth to do?

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

4. Why does Mama want to put $3000 put in the bank?

5. What does Walter Lee tell Mr. Lindner to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Walter Lee ask Karl Lindner to come back to the apartment?

5. Why does Walter Lee finally decide not to take Karl Lindner's money?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

In speaking about the new house, Ruth asks Mama, "Is there a whole lot of sunlight?" Explain the dramatic contrast of the dark, dingy apartment set with the idea of a room full of light. What does a new environment represent to the Younger family?

Essay Topic 3

The location of the new house presents a new problem for the Youngers. Describe the challenge they will be facing in an all-white neighborhood.

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