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 Travis give to Mama?

2. What does the Welcoming Committee offer to do?

3. Mr. Arnold had to take a taxi because:

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who is the first family member to be suspicious of Mr. Lindner's real intent?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. A new character, Mr. Karl Lindner, appears at the door. How is he greeted by the adult Youngers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author introduces many references in this play, from Hughes to Henry David Thoreau to Greek mythology and African songs. What do these references add to the play? How do they expand the universality of the themes?

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

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

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