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BB A Raisin in the Sun Test Review

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author's name
Lorraine Hansberry
setting of this play
Chicago's Southside; sometime between WWII and 1959
title comes from . . .
Langston Hughes's "A Dream Deferred"
Family's last name
Younger
$10,000
amount of money the Youngers receive from Big Walter's death insurance
Asagai
Young, educated man from Africa who encourages Beneatha to embrace her heritage
George Murchison
Young, wealthy African American man whom Beneatha dates
George Murchison
takes Benny to the theater
George Murchison
calls Walter Prometheus
Prometheus
ancient Greek god, a Titan who stole fire, what didn't belong to him, from Mt. Olympus and gave it to man
Claude
name of the baby Mama lost, she says, "to poverty"
Ruth
is desperately considering having an abortion
Ruth
"Lena - I'll work . . . I'll work twenty hours a day in all the kitchens in Chicago . . . I'll strap my baby on my back if I have to and scrub all the floors in America and wash all the sheets in America if I have to - but we got to MOVE! We got to get OUT OF HERE!"
Walter
"First thing a man ought to learn in life is not to make love to no colored woman first thing in the morning."
Walter
"Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs."
Beneatha
"Well - I do - all right? - thank everybody! And forgive me for ever wanting to be anything at all."
Mama
"Seem like God didn't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams - but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while."
Beneatha
"I experiment with different forms of expression."
Walter
"Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy 'bout messing 'round with sick people - then go be a nurse like other women - or just get married and be quiet . . ."
Mama
"Oh that man grieved hisself! He was one man to love his children."
Asagai
"It means . . . One for Whom Bread - Food - Is Not Enough."
Beneatha's nickname
Alaiyo
Alaiyo
Nigerian word that translates to "One for whom bread -- food -- is not enough
Mama
"I'm waiting to hear you say something . . . I'm waiting to hear how you be your father's son. Be the man he was . . . Your wife say she going to destroy your child. And I'm waiting to hear you talk like him and say we a people who give children life, not who destroys them . . . I'm waiting to see you stand up and look like your daddy and say we done give up one baby to poverty and that we ain't going to give up nary another one . . . I'm waiting."
Mama
"You . . . you are a disgrace to your father's memory."
George
"Good night, Prometheus!"
Walter
"Man, I'm a volcano. Bitter? Here I am a giant - surrounded by ants!"
Ruth
"What else can I give you, Walter Lee Younger?"
Walter
"'Cause we all tied up in a race of people that don't know how to do nothing but moan, pray, and have babies!"
George
"I want a nice--. . . -simple . . . sophisticated girl . . .not a poet"
Mama
" - just seen my family falling apart today . . .just falling to pieces in front of my eyes . . . We couldn't of gone on like we was today. We was going backwards 'stead of forwards—talking 'bout killing babies and wishing each other was dead . . . When it gets like that in life—you just got to do something different, push on out and do something bigger...."
Lindner
"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."
Mrs. Johnson
"You sure one proud-acting bunch of colored folks."
Beneatha
"Mama, if there are two things we, as a people, have to overcome, one is the Ku Klux Klan - and the other is Mrs. Johnson."
Walter
"Whatever you want to be - Yessir! . . . You just name it, son . . .and I hand you the world."
Mrs. Johnson
"Why if we left it up to these here crackers, the poor "n-word" wouldn't have nothing . . . Oh, I always forgets you don't 'low that word in your house."
Beneatha
"Thirty pieces and not a coin less!" is said by . . .
Mama
"I come from five generations of people who was slaves and sharecroppers - but 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."
Rutha
"Lena - I'll work . . . I'll work twenty hours a day in all the kitchens in Chicago . . . I'll strap my baby on my back if I have to and scrub all the floors in America and wash all the sheets in America if I have to - but we got to MOVE! We got to get OUT OF HERE!"
Walter
"THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY FATHER'S FLESH"
Beneatha
"He talked Brotherhood. He said everybody ought to learn how to sit down and hate each other with good Christian fellowship."
Beneatha
"Well - we are dead now. All the talk about dreams and sunlight that goes on in this house. It's all dead now."
Mama
He finally come into his manhood today, didn't he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain."
Walter
"Well—what I mean is that we come from people who had a lot of pride. I mean—we are very proud people. And that's my sister over there and she's going to be a doctor - and we are very proud"
Theme of Dreams
If a person is unable to aquire what his heart desires for himself or his family he goes a little crazy; something inside of him withers and dies
Theme of Racism
Descrimination is not always as clear as black and white; there are subtle ways people descriminate agains eachother, and people descriminate agains others not just because of color but because of gender, class, even education level.
Assimilation
giving up one's own heritage to embrace the culture of a dominant group
Assimilationism
George as a symbol
Complacency and Ignorance
Mrs. Johnson as a symbol
Complacency
being happy with what you have even if what you have isn't great or even very good
Opportunity or Big Walter's Hard Work and Sacrifice
the check as a symbol
Eggs
these symbolize (with bread, too) the harsh, bitter reality of 1950's American life for African Americans that Walter and Beneatha reject
Beneatha's hair
symbol of embracing one's cultural heritage
Willy Harris
swindles Wlater and Bob
Greed
Willy is a symbol of . . .
Biblical Allusion
"Thirty peices and not a coin less" is a . . .
Cultural Allusion
When Mama is referred to as Mrs. Miniver and Scarlet O'Hara this is a . . .
Historic Allusion
When Mrs. Johnson misquotes Booker T. Washington it is both an example of irony and ____ since it is refering to a person from history.
Classical Allusion
When George calls Walter Prometheus he is using a ____ _____, since he is making a reference to a character from classical mythology.
Irony
Beneatha, an Atheist, constantly quoting the Bible is an example of . . .
Mama
Who says the ironic statement that she's never met an African before? (It's ironic because the she is African Amerian herself)
Canada
Where Asagai has spent time studying