Exam - A Raisin In The Sun

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Exam - A Raisin In The Sun - Quiz

A Raisin in the sun shows us the story of an African American family who tries to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives. Following the death of their patriarch, they try to determine what to do with the substantial insurance payment they'll soon receive. Take this exam and get to see how much you remember about their story.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    1.  What was the Younger Family waiting for?

    • A.

      Insurance check

    • B.

      A liquor license

    • C.

      Beneatha's medical degree

    • D.

      Travis's report card

    Correct Answer
    A. Insurance check
    Explanation
    The Younger Family was waiting for an insurance check. This suggests that they were expecting to receive a sum of money from an insurance policy. The check could potentially be a significant amount of money that could have a positive impact on their financial situation.

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  • 2. 

    Where does the Younger family live?

    • A.

      Detroit in Michigan

    • B.

      Harlem in New York

    • C.

      Southside in Chicago

    • D.

      Compton in Los Angeles

    Correct Answer
    C. Southside in Chicago
    Explanation
    The Younger family lives in the Southside of Chicago.

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  • 3. 

    Why did Lorraine Hansberry write the play, A Raisin in the Sun?

    • A.

      She had a dream deferred.

    • B.

      She was entered in a writing contest at her university.

    • C.

      Her family had faced discrimination when they moved to a white neighborhood.

    • D.

      She was good friends with Langston Hughes.

    Correct Answer
    C. Her family had faced discrimination when they moved to a white neighborhood.
    Explanation
    Lorraine Hansberry wrote the play, A Raisin in the Sun, because her family had faced discrimination when they moved to a white neighborhood. This experience likely inspired her to explore the themes of racial inequality and the African American experience in her work. The play serves as a powerful commentary on the challenges faced by African American families in a racially divided society, highlighting the importance of equality and justice.

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  • 4. 

    What did Walter Lee want to do with the money?

    • A.

      He wanted to buy a house.

    • B.

      He wanted to pay for his sister's college.

    • C.

      He wanted to buy a liquor store.

    • D.

      He wanted to buy a new limo.

    Correct Answer
    C. He wanted to buy a liquor store.
    Explanation
    Walter Lee wanted to use the money to buy a liquor store. This suggests that he had aspirations of becoming a business owner and saw the liquor store as a potential investment opportunity. It also indicates that he may have had an interest in the alcohol industry and believed that purchasing a liquor store would be a profitable venture.

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  • 5. 

    Which answer is correct in regard to the Younger family's job occupations?

    • A.

      Walter Lee is a limo driver.

    • B.

      Ruth irons clothes for weathy people.

    • C.

      Mama works as a maid.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that all of the statements provided about the Younger family's job occupations are correct. Walter Lee works as a limo driver, Ruth irons clothes for wealthy people, and Mama works as a maid.

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  • 6. 

    From what poem is the title of the play taken?

    • A.

      Robert Frost, "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

    • B.

      Langston Hughes, "A Dream Deferred"

    • C.

      Pat Mora, "A Voice"

    • D.

      Richard Wilbur, "The Writer"

    Correct Answer
    B. Langston Hughes, "A Dream Deferred"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Langston Hughes, "A Dream Deferred". The title of the play is taken from a line in Hughes' poem "Harlem" which asks, "What happens to a dream deferred?". The play explores the theme of unfulfilled dreams and the consequences of not pursuing them.

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  • 7. 

    Who are two characters from the movie and original play that are not in our adapted version?

    • A.

      Bobo and Willie

    • B.

      Mr. Lindner and Willie

    • C.

      Joseph Agasi and Mr. Linder

    • D.

      Joseph Agasi and George

    Correct Answer
    D. Joseph Agasi and George
    Explanation
    The given answer states that Joseph Agasi and George are two characters from the movie and original play that are not present in the adapted version. This means that these two characters were included in the original versions of the movie and play but were not included in the adapted version. The other options mentioned different characters that were either present in the adapted version or were not part of the original versions.

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  • 8. 

    Why does Walter Lee tell Mama that she "killed his dream" when she tells the family that she bought a house with the money?

    • A.

      He doesn't want to move from the apartment.

    • B.

      He will not have enough money to open the liquor store.

    • C.

      He thinks she will give anything left of the money to Beneatha.

    • D.

      He wanted to put the money into a college fund for Travis.

    Correct Answer
    B. He will not have enough money to open the liquor store.
    Explanation
    Walter Lee tells Mama that she "killed his dream" because he believes that by buying a house with the money, there will not be enough funds left for him to open the liquor store. Opening the liquor store was his dream and he saw it as a way to achieve financial independence and success. He feels that Mama's decision to use the money for a house instead of investing it in his business venture is a betrayal of his aspirations and a hindrance to his goals.

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  • 9. 

    Why does Mr. Linder pay a visit to the Younger Family?

    • A.

      He wants to pay them to not move into the neighborhood.

    • B.

      He is a member of the welcoming committee.

    • C.

      He wants to make friends with the Younger family.

    • D.

      He is going to help Walter Lee with the liquor store.

    Correct Answer
    A. He wants to pay them to not move into the neighborhood.
    Explanation
    Mr. Linder pays a visit to the Younger Family because he wants to pay them to not move into the neighborhood. This suggests that Mr. Linder may have concerns or prejudices against the Younger family or the idea of them living in the neighborhood. He may believe that their presence would negatively impact property values or the overall atmosphere of the community. This visit indicates that Mr. Linder is willing to offer financial incentives to prevent the Younger family from becoming their neighbors.

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  • 10. 

    What does Mama tell Walter Lee to do with the $6,500 left from the home purchase?

    • A.

      Give the $6,500 to Beneatha for her medical school.

    • B.

      Purchase a new limo and give the rest to Ruth.

    • C.

      Keep $3,500 for himself and put the other $3,000 toward Beneatha's medical school.

    • D.

      Give the entire $6,500 to Willie for the liquor store.

    Correct Answer
    C. Keep $3,500 for himself and put the other $3,000 toward Beneatha's medical school.
    Explanation
    Mama tells Walter Lee to keep $3,500 for himself and put the other $3,000 toward Beneatha's medical school. This suggests that Mama values both Walter Lee's personal needs and Beneatha's education. By allocating a portion of the money to Walter Lee, Mama recognizes his desires and aspirations. At the same time, she prioritizes investing in Beneatha's future by contributing to her medical school expenses. This decision demonstrates Mama's desire to support her children's dreams and create opportunities for their success.

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  • 11. 

    What does Willie do with the money Walter Lee and Bobo give to him?

    • A.

      He goes downtown and purchases a liquor license.

    • B.

      He leaves town with all of their money.

    • C.

      He meets Walter Lee and Bobo at a bar and tells them he just bought it.

    • D.

      He opens a liquor store.

    Correct Answer
    B. He leaves town with all of their money.
    Explanation
    Willie takes the money given to him by Walter Lee and Bobo and leaves town with it. This means that he does not use the money to purchase a liquor license, meet them at a bar, or open a liquor store.

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  • 12. 

    When they find out the money is gone, why does Ruth tell Mama she would "scrub all the floors in America" if she had to?

    • A.

      She can not stay any longer in their tiny apartment.

    • B.

      She is looking for a new job.

    • C.

      She likes being a maid and ironing clothes.

    • D.

      She doesn't want Walter Lee to feel bad.

    Correct Answer
    A. She can not stay any longer in their tiny apartment.
    Explanation
    Ruth tells Mama that she would "scrub all the floors in America" if she had to because she can no longer afford to stay in their tiny apartment. The fact that the money is gone implies that they are facing financial difficulties and may not be able to pay the rent or afford a new place to live. Ruth's statement suggests her desperation and willingness to do whatever it takes to secure a better living situation for herself and her family.

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  • 13. 

    Why does Walter Lee tell the family he has called Mr. Linder?

    • A.

      He has joined the Clybourne Park Improvement Association.

    • B.

      He wants Mr. Linder to visit the family again since they enjoyed the last visit so much.

    • C.

      He wants Mr. Linder to give them a check to make up for the money he lost.

    • D.

      He wants to be proud of his decision to open a liquor store.

    Correct Answer
    C. He wants Mr. Linder to give them a check to make up for the money he lost.
    Explanation
    Walter Lee tells the family he has called Mr. Linder because he wants Mr. Linder to give them a check to make up for the money he lost. This suggests that Walter Lee is desperate for a financial solution and sees Mr. Linder as a potential source of compensation. He hopes that Mr. Linder will provide them with a financial settlement to compensate for the investment they lost in the failed liquor store plan.

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  • 14. 

    What does Mama mean when she tells Walter Lee, "I come from five generations of peole who were slaves and sharecroppers.  We did work nobody wanted to do.  But we never took money that was a way of telling us we weren't fit to walk the earth.  We've never been that poor."

    • A.

      Walter Lee has no pride if he takes the money from Linder.

    • B.

      She is glad the check from Mr. Linder will make them rich.

    • C.

      Walter Lee should leave and never come back.

    • D.

      They have more money than her ancestors because of the insurance check.

    Correct Answer
    A. Walter Lee has no pride if he takes the money from Linder.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that Mama means that if Walter Lee accepts the money from Linder, it would be a sign of his lack of pride. Mama's statement about her family's history of hard work and not accepting money that would undermine their worth implies that accepting the money would be a betrayal of their values and self-respect.

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  • 15. 

    What is one reason Walter Lee gives Linder for not taking the check?

    • A.

      Ruth would never speak to him again.

    • B.

      Mama would not be proud of him and would not like him as a son.

    • C.

      His father worked for the house brick by brick.

    • D.

      Travis should be able to play in the street like other children.

    Correct Answer
    C. His father worked for the house brick by brick.
    Explanation
    Walter Lee gives the reason that his father worked hard to build the house brick by brick. This suggests that he values the house as a symbol of his family's hard work and aspirations. By accepting the check, he would be betraying his father's legacy and the sacrifices he made to provide for his family. This reason reflects Walter Lee's desire to honor his father's memory and preserve the integrity of their family's achievements.

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