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

2. What does Travis give to Mama?

3. Walter Lee can't understand why:

4. Beneatha tells Mama that George is:

5. What did people say about Mama when she was a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Travis says that he wants to be a bus driver. How do Walter Lee's dreams for Travis differ from his son's?

9. How does Ruth react to Mama giving up on the move to the new house?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha represent changing feminine roles in society.

Essay Topic 2

Identify and describe the following dramatic structures in the play: Exposition, Rising Action, Turning Points, Climax, and Falling Action. Use dialogue and text examples to support your descriptions.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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