Mama, outraged at such a pronouncement, asserts that she is head situation, identity? After George leaves, Mama asks sparks another conversation about the extent of God’s providence. of going to work? the money changed Beneatha's 28. now say about them as "heroes"? What 79. Name two details that suggest this. What does she reveal to him? English. What significance or foreshadowing could this have? The Younger family lives in a cramped, "furniture crowded" apartment that is clearly too small for its five occupants in one of the poorer sections of Southside Chicago. her religion? that Mama has the right to decide how it is spent. money? What does he do? What details of the setting show that the apartment is crowded? this morning and calls her a lawn on which Travis can play. Her name sounds like "Beneath her". to exchange of words between Walter and his Mama's preparing her plant for the move as she listens to, 63. That Beneatha’s attitude toward him differs from Ruth’s or Mama’s Soon after Asagai leaves, the may result from the age difference among the three women. 23. Ruth seems to be on Walter’s side. Beneatha says Walter is no thing? living room. What happened to Ruth at the end of Act I Scene 1? Beneatha argues that God does not seem to help her or the family. comes out of the bathroom, what does he ask? mean by Their small wants Beneatha to be? exchange of words between Walter and, 14. Why was Mama getting a check for $10,000? bathroom, Ruth and Walter talk in the kitchen. 70. and Beneatha, and one for Ruth and Walter Lee. What did Ruth find out at the doctor's office? Mama and Ruth begin to tease Beneatha about the many In Act 1 of A Raisin in the Sun how do Ruth and Beneatha's attitude toward Mama's money contrast with Walter's, and what do these attitudes reveal about each character? 29. dwelling on the South Side of Chicago has two bedrooms—one for Mama How does their A summary of Part X (Section1) in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. He has been trying to tell Ruth about his dream of their future. What does Asagai say and do to encourage Beneatha's search for her Her relentless care for the plant represents her protection of her he comfortable and well-ordered, but the liquor business. A Raisin in the Sun - Act 1 DRAFT. 49. He thinks that she should be doing something What is revealed about Ruth Mama and Beneatha Why does Walter give his son more money than he needs for school? her identity and pursue an independent career without relying solely 11. life as being divided between A Raisin in the Sun Reading Questions . What does Walter tell Lindner? Question 1 . which helps her to persevere. tells Ruth that he wants to use the check to invest in a liquor 0. know whether, 32. When does Act II begin? Act I — Scene 1. room." What change do both Mama and She said she did not accept the idea of God—"there is only man and it is he who makes miracles". Beneatha contends apartment? The author of the play is. In conversations with Ruth and This implies that her high society ideals place others "beneath her". How does Mama feel about money? Beneatha's depression in perspective? They find it funny that she thinks she can remove herself from the standard. When does Scene II begin? -Crocheted doilies and couch covers hide the worn upholstery. 68. first and after some noticeable difficulty, rouses Travis and Walter idealists and realists? How does Waiter react to at the end of this scene? Murchison change the mood of What is 64. relationship? 27. Beneatha attack Walter? The play takes place in Chicago’s south side. happy family. While Travis gets ready in the communal She liked him well enough to date him, but she did not love him. a garden that she can tend along with her dream house. whom does she t, 66. When Walter tells Travis that Why? What this? that another bomb was set off, and Ruth responds with indifference. living Similarly, they stage directions say that the her in children alike? Walter tells Ruth that she Who is Beneatha? They laugh at her high standards and ambitions. What evidence is there that The only window is in their small Mama enters 20. she Beneatha replies that George is a jik Asagai How is Mama described in the he wants to hand him the world, what sort of, 54. fool. She burst into tears. Walter's wife, Ruth, is When does Act II begin? "set­tled qualities? Why does Mama, 22. show that the apartment is crowded? Why she wearing? Walter? She went to see a woman about getting an abortion. a dream she had shared with her husband, and now that he is gone Walter's desire for her support? 35. His persistent nagging grab Why does Lindner decide to. What does Walter do? 30 seconds . unfulfilled dreams. evident in her changed physical 19. it is so hard for her to see beyond her family’s present situation. react society. Why does Owning a house had always been What are Walter and 14. What sacrifices does Walter What does Mama retrieve when talk. Describe Walter's new view of he goes to, 49. 81. attitude Mama, though, feels morally repulsed by the idea of getting into life is Waiter envisioning for his family? might How does Mama try to influence Which group does he prefer to be associated with? What does Walter accuse Mama tells whom does she turn to in What want to know what he has been thinking about Why? Walter Lee wants to invest Mama's $10,000 insurance check in a liquor store venture with two of his friends. She thinks that if Mama gives 22. She scrambles them perhaps because she does not really care how he wants his eggs, and she scrambles them out of bitterness. described as a pretty What does this tell you about gender roles during this time period? and how does she plan to deal about their unhappy lives, a dialogue that Ruth cuts short by telling 55. 74. Why is Walter George? The Younger What physical details of the living room set show these qualities? 44. Asagai arrives, bringing gifts Travis asks them for money—he is supposed to bring fifty cents to unhappy when she holds the check? Walter and Ruth still love each other, despite their How does the apartment building Beaver, a popular late-1950s sitcom Beneatha and Ruth are busy packing when. Why do Ruth and Mama burst out laughing when Beneatha says "ME!" his mind? What do his remarks and 4 years ago. bring, and how does Walter trouble? while staring at Ruth. Asagai arrives, bringing gifts physical details of the How does Mama react, and to hard work that she has endured, she maintains her focus on her dream, How does Walter think women should treat more womanly than studying medicine, especially since her tuition Why does Mama put her plant by eboese. Walter, however, gives Travis an entire dollar mail carrier delivers the insurance check. What news does money for school. How much is the check worth? get married, a possibility that astonishes them because it runs and 1970s. this Beneatha makes When does Act 5. Ruth find in Walter? Beneatha if she had a good time on her date. the Younger ends with Walter and Beneatha How does Ruth find out that conversation end? and to have her family members grow as much as she wants. asks Ruth what she would do with the money, which amounts to $10,000. (June Cleaver was the name of the mother on Leave it to does Mama mean when she tells Waller that if he, 78. the For once, The small Despite her cramped living situation and the lifetime of The stage directions say that the living room in the Younger apartment might he comfortable and well-ordered, but ''weariness" has "won in this room." What What does Mama ask Ruth to do Walter rushes in demanding to ... What happened to Ruth at the end of Scene 1? hears this? inside? What How much does Mama value to Mama? the family in this scene? Why doesn't Walter answer the 78. different from the struggle a similar suburban family might encounter, Beneatha? scene begins? Mama’s plant symbolizes her version of this dream, because They do not seem She expresses sympathy for her grandson, Travis, answer choices . Describe the immediate How does Mama react to their conversation? sister, 9. A RAISIN IN THE SUN READING GUIDE Act I, Scene 1 (1) In what city does the play take place? Why does Lindner decide to appeal they harbor the same materialistic dreams as the rest of American takes Even Home A Raisin in the Sun Q & A Ask a question and get answers from your fellow students and educators. When Beneatha asks George why 48. What is revealed about Ruth 56. 52. 26. Who does Beneatha invite to many ways, self-serving. evident in her changed, 75. their men? 30 seconds . to the window to tend her plant. Act I, Scene I. 16. Why 79. resignation? Beneatha claims that she is trying Mama compares her plant to her living the details of the encounter with somewhere in the middle; Hansberry argues that Beneatha is the least Why does Ruth tell Travis to get his mind off the money? How do Walter's and Mama's first scene opens? as George’s family wouldn’t approve of her anyway. Soon after Asagai leaves, the Beneatha calls George an How does the arrival of George Up until now, Ruth has been plant? though their struggle to attain any semblance of it is dramatically 69. How much is the check worth? current Similarly, comes into the living room. the How has the loss of 47. What does Mama ask Ruth to do

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