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 has Ruth bought for the new house?

2. Beneatha says she wants to:

3. Why is Beneatha unhappy?

4. What does Mama say when Karl Lindner appeals to her?

5. Walter Lee dreams of driving what kind of car?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What does Beneatha want to do at the end of the play?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the symbolism of the props in this play, including Mama's plant, the poison being spread to kill the cockroaches, and the Nigerian clothing that Joseph Asagai brings.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Lorraine Hansberry was a notable African-American. She was also a woman. People tend to consider both perspectives as somehow more specialized than white, male perspectives. Do you agree? Write an essay addressing the question of whether this play is primarily an "African-American" play or a "Woman's" play.

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