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29 terms

A Raisin in the Sun

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assimilation
a person who advocated a policy of absorbing or intergrating differeing racial groups
s: absorption
the word that joseph assagai uses to describe Beneatha's total absorption into the American Culture
burlesque
a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
coquettishly
in a manner befitting a woman who flirts with men to gain attention from men
s: flirtatiously
beneatha's dresses in African robes
covenant
a binding agreement
s: contract
segregating housing
defer
to put off, delay
s:postpone a: accelerate
in poem, deferring dreams
dumbfounded
briefly acting confounded or astonished
s: shocked a: composed
Ruths reaction to the way in which beneatha is dressed when she dons her african garb
elude
to avoid or evade adroitly
s: escape
Mama's losing control of her world and family
entrepreneur
someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
beneatha's scathing criticism of Walter's aspirations for a higher paying job
erratic
having no fixed course
s: unpredictable a: predictable
Walter's behavior and speech
exuberant
joyously unrestrained
s: vivacious a: depressed
Ruth's reaction when Mama bought the house
facetiousness
joking or jesting; often inappropriate
s: sarcastic a: sincerity
sarcastic reaction when Mama came home after Linder's visit
fester
to cause increasing poisoning irritation or bitterness
s: infect a: heal
in poem describing when a dream is delayed
gait
a person's manner of walking
s: stride
graphically
Giving a clear and effective picture;
s: vividly a: vaguely
heathenism
"religion" of those who don't believe in God and/or are uncivilized
s: Paganism a: Christianity
Mama's reaction to what Beneatha believes
heritage
legacy; tradition;something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth
s: culture
indifferently
in a way showing no particular interest or concern
s: nonchalantly a: passionately
ludicrous
Ridiculous, or exaggerated as to cause or deserve laughter; absurd
s: ridiculous a: serious
the hat of Mama's that travis gave her
orientation
the act of determining a position by adjusting to facts or principles
part of Linders's ironically names "welcoming committee"
ornate
Elaborately decorated
s: gaudy a: plain
permeate
spread or diffuse through
s: penetrate
pretense
a claim made/implied not supported by fact
s: mask a: sincerity
Promethus
Greek titan who lived on Olympus (stole fire from gods and gave it to humans)
the name that George calls walter after hearing walter's drunken tirade about business opportunities
raucously
disorderly
s: loudly
Walter's comments as family moves
replenish
to fill with inspiration or power;nourish
s: refill a: deplete
segregated
separated or isolated from others or a main group by policy
s: isolated a: integrated
the rules that pertained to housing
sociological
Oriented or directed toward social needs and problems
issues with which Hansberry dealt in her handwriting
strident
loud, harsh, grating, or shrill
s: stern
Ruths demanding voice on moving day
trek
a long, slow, and difficult journey
s: voyage
Walter's difficult movement when about to make a deal with Lindner