A Raisin in the Sun Study Guide

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A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

A. Matching Part I (2 Points each)

Match the following characters with the correct dream.

Character

1. Mama Younger

2. Walter Younger

3. Ruth Younger

4. Beneatha Younger

5. Joseph Asagai

Dream

a. She dreams about having a garden of her own.

b. He dreams of bringing independence to the Yoruba tribe.

c. She dreams of leaving "this rat trap."

d. He wants to own his own business.

e. She wants to be a doctor.

B. Matching Part II (2 Points Each)

Match the following characters with the appropriate quotations.

Character

6. Mama Younger

7. Walter Younger

8. Karl Lindner

9. Beneatha Younger

10. George Murchison

Quotation

a. "Here I am a giant - surrounded by ants!"

b. "It's simple. You read books - to learn facts - to get grades - to pass the course - to get a degree. That's all - it has nothing to do with thoughts."

c. "Ain't nobody in my family never let nobody pay ‘em no money that was a way of telling us we wasn't fit to walk the earth. We ain't never been that poor."

d. "I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn't enter into it. It is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing, rightly or wrongly, as I say, that for the happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities."

e. "It's all a matter of ideas, and God is just one idea I don't accept. It's not important."

C. Multiple Choice (2 Points Each)

11. Which of the following best describes Carl Sandburg's attitude towards Chicago?

a. Chicago is a cultural center specializing in jazz and blues music.

b. Chicago is not perfect, but its citizens are real. They have both strengths and flaws.

c. Chicago is riddles with crime and violence.

d. Chicago is a pleasant city.

12. When Sandburg writes, "They tell me you are brutal," who are "they?"

a. Critics of Chicago

b. Residents of Chicago

c. Fans of Chicago

d. Chicago politicians

13. What does Sandburg imply with the epithet "Hog Butcher for the World?"

a. Chicago is famous for its slaughter houses.

b. Chicago is famous for its railroads.

c. Chicago is famous for its crime.

d. All of the above.

14. Which of the following people do not fit Sandburg's idea of Chicago?

a. Howlin' Wolf

b. Al Capon

c. George Murchison

d. Walter Younger

15. Which of the following quotations best reflects the tone in Sandburg's poem?

a. "They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys."

b. "And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger."

c. "Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning."

d. "Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again."

16. Which of the following statements best describes Billie Holiday and Howlin' Wolf?

a. Like Al Capone, they were both gangsters in Chicago. They represent the town's seedy side.

b. They were both killed during the race bombings in Chicago. Hansberry alludes to the bombings in the beginning of Act 1, scene 1.

c. Billie Holiday is a jazz singer; Howlin' Wolf is a blues singer. They are both representative of the music in Chicago during the 40's and 50's.

d. Billie Holiday and Howlin' Wolf were civil rights leaders during the late 50's.

17. Which of the following statements best describes The Great Migration?

a. In order to find better jobs, African Americans moved from the South to Northern cities, such as New York City and Chicago, during the late nineteenth century.

b. In order to find better jobs, African Americans moved from New York City to Midwestern cities, such as Chicago, during the 20's.

c. In order to find better jobs, African Americans moved from urban areas, such as Chicago's South Side, to the suburbs, such as Clybourne Park, during the 1950's.

d. In order to find better jobs, African Americans moved from the suburbs, such as Clybourne Park, to urban areas, such as Chicago's South Side, during the 50's.

18. Which of the following characters best exemplifies The Great Migration?

a. Mama Younger

b. Ruth Younger

c. Joseph Asagai

d. George Murchison

19. When was the A Raisin in the Sun first performed?

a. 1929

b. 1959

c. 1979

d. 1989

20. What is the title of the poem in the beginning of A Raisin in the Sun?

a. "Harlem"

b. "Chicago"

c. "A Raisin in the Sun"

d. "Love Comes"

21. What is the first question Langston Hughes asks in the opening poem?

a. Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?

b. "It's been rough, ain't it, baby?"

c. "Does it stink like rotten meat?

d. "What happens to a dream deferred?"

22. Where does the play take place?

a. An apartment in Harlem

b. An apartment in Chicago's South Side

c. 406 Clybourne Street, Chicago

d. 406 Clybourne Street, Harlem

23. When does the play take place?

a. During the 1920's

b. During the 1980's

c. Between World War I and World War II

d. Between World War II and the present

24. On which two days of the week do the events in the play always occur?

a. Thursday and Friday

b. Friday and Saturday

c. Saturday and Sunday

d. Sunday and Monday

25. Which of the following statements is not true about the apartment?

a. It has three rooms.

b. It has one window.

c. It has a small bathroom.

d. The carpet is worn.

26. What does Walter Younger do for a living?

a. Bus driver

b. Chauffeur

c. Business man

d. Doctor

27. What does Ruth do for a living?

a. Bus driver

b. Maid

c. Nurse

d. Doctor

28. What does Travis want to be when he grows up?

a. Bus driver

b. Chauffeur

c. Business man

d. Doctor

29. Which of the following examples best exemplifies the term "afro-centricism?"

a. Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez changes his name to John Smith.

b. Children on a Nike commercial sing "I want to be like Mike."

c. James Brown sings "I'm Black, and I'm Proud."

d. A Nigerian wears a suit to work in order to fit in with American businessmen.

30. Which of the following examples best exemplifies the term "assimilation?"

a. A Mexican immigrant refuses to learn English.

b. A Chinese American establishes her own restaurant known for its authentic Chinese food.

c. James Brown sings "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."

d. A German business man learns English and adapts to American customs in order to communicate better with American businessmen.

31. Who best exemplifies afro-centrism?

a. Mama Younger

b. Joseph Asagai

c. George Murchison

d. Walter Younger

32. Who best exemplifies assimilation?

a. Mama Younger

b. Joseph Asagai

c. George Murchison

d. Walter Younger

33. Which of the following statements best exemplifies afro-centrism?

a. "All anyone seems to know about when it comes to Africa is Tarzan"

b. "Why should I know anything about Africa?"

c. Oh, dear, dear, dear! Here we go! A lecture on the African past! On Our Great African Heritage!"

d. "The Ashanti were performing surgical operations when the English were still tattooing themselves with blue dragons"

34. Which of the following statements best exemplifies assimilation?

a. "We all tied up in a race of people that don't know how to do nothing but moan, pray, and have babies!"

b. "I know ain't nothing in this world as busy as you black college boys with your fraternity pins and white shoes."

c. "Ain't nobody in my family never let nobody pay 'em no money that was a way of telling us we wasn't fit to walk the earth."

d. "Three hundred years later the African Prince rose up out of the seas and swept the maiden back across the middle passage over which her ancestors had come."

35. Which of the following describes Mama?

a. "We can see that she was a pretty girl, even exceptionally so, but now it is apparent that life has been little that she has expected."

b. "Her lean, almost intellectual face has a handsomeness of its own."

c. "Being a woman who has adjusted to many things in life and overcome many more, her face is full of strength."

d. None of the above

36. Why is the plant significant?

a. It represents the Younger family. Even though, it lives in a cramped area where it receives little light, the plant continues to grow.

b. It represents Mama's desire to have a garden.

c. It represents the desire for freedom.

d. All of the above.

37. How much money does Mama receive from her husband's life insurance check?

a. $5000

b. $6,500

c. $10,000

d. $15,000

38. When does Mama receive the check?

a. Before Act I

b. Act I

c. Act II

d. Act III

39. How do we know that Ruth is thinking about aborting her baby?

a. She refers to Old Doctor Jones as "she"

b. She makes a five dollar down payment.

c. She is very secretive about who she went to see Saturday morning.

d. All of the above.

40. Which of the following best describes Walter during the beginning of Act 2?

a. He is depressed.

b. He is hopeful about the future.

c. He and Ruth make up.

d. He is drunk.

41. What does Asagai mean when he calls Beneatha "Alaiyo?"

a. "Little Idiot"

b. "Beloved One"

c. "One for Whom Food is Not Enough"

d. "One for Whom Money is Not Enough"

42. What does Asagai say about Beneatha's hair?

a. It reminds him of an African queen.

b. It is mutilated.

c. It needs to be cut.

d. None of the above

43. Which of the following quotations best describes George Murchison's attitude when he sees Beneatha in her African robes?

a. "You're all wacked out with bitterness."

b. "I hate assimilationist Negroes!"

c. "We're going to the theatre - we're not going to be in it."

d. "How can something that's natural be eccentric?"

44. What does George mean when he refers to Walter as "Prometheus?"

a. He admires Walter because of his ambition.

b. He admires Walter because of his willingness to assimilate in order to achieve a dream.

c. He says this sarcastically, considering his ambition to be foolish.

d. He says this sarcastically. Murchison looks down on Walter for being an assimilationist.

45. What do Ruth, Beneatha, and Walter give Mama in Act 2?

a. A plant.

b. A check.

c. A tacky gardening hat

d. Gardening tools

46. Who steals the money?

a. Karl Lindner

b. George Murchison

c. Bobo

d. Willy

47. How are Walter's dreams deferred throughout the play?

a. Ruth would not listen to him in Act 1.

b. Mama would not give him control of the money in Act 2, scene 1.

c. The money is stolen in Act 2, scene 3.

d. All of the above.

48. How are Beneatha's dreams deferred throughout the play?

a. Ruth would not listen to her in Act 1.

b. Mama would not give Walter control of the money in Act 2, scene 1.

c. The money is stolen in Act 2, scene 3.

d. All of the above.

49. Why does Mama tell Travis to stay in the room when Walter confronts Lindner in Act Three?

a. She wants Travis to understand that Walter was willing to take the money from Lindner in order to insure his family's financial security.

b. She wants Travis to see that Lindner is a racist.

c. She wants Travis to see Walter stand up against Lindner.

d. None of the above.

50. Who is the last character on stage during the play?

a. Mama

b. Walter

c. Ruth

d. Travis

Source: seced.ucps.k12.nc.us/curriculum_documents/English/English%20III/American%20Drama/Hansberry_Exam1.doc

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