A Raisin in the Sun Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long has Beneatha wanted to be a doctor?

2. What has Ruth bought for the new house?

3. What does Travis give to Mama?

4. Mama opens a gift. What is it?

5. Who does Walter Lee want Beneatha to marry?

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

Describe how Mama exercises her power over family members, especially the male characters Walter and Travis. How does she include or exclude them?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the play, Mama tells Ruth that Walter Lee came into "his manhood." What is Mama saying about male gender roles? How does her attitude contrast with Walter Lee's thoughts about manhood?

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