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 Mr. Lindner represent?

2. Mama opens a gift. What is it?

3. Who are Mr. And Mrs. Arnold?

4. Where does Karl Lindner live?

5. What does Ruth tell Travis to do when Karl Lindner arrives?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Mama says she's tired after work. She has climbed steps to get into the apartment. Explain why she didn't use an elevator.

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

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

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

7. Instead of going to his job for several days, Walter Lee spent the time driving away from the city. Why did he do this and where did he go?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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