Racism in A Raisin in the Sun


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In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, what does Mr. Lindner try to do?

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1. Throughout Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, different family members share personal stories. What type of racism is mentioned or alluded to in the scene in which George criticizes Beneatha's new, natural hairstyle?

2. In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, an example of black versus white racism is the visit by Mr. Lindner from the neighborhood association. What is the major reason why the Youngers take offense to his offer?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Author Lorraine Hansberry presents multiple views of racism in her play, A Raisin in the Sun. This quiz will ask you questions about the types of racism that are explored throughout the play, as well as how various characters encounter it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To successfully pass the quiz, you'll need to:

  • Identify the main reason why Mr. Lindler's offer is rejected by the Younger family
  • Recognize the type of racism that's illustrated when George criticizes Beneatha's new haircut
  • Determine why the Youngers are offended by Mr. Lindler
  • Understand why Walter Lee finds it difficult being a chauffeur
  • Choose an example that exemplifies racism within the black community

Skills Practiced

You'll apply the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about A Raisin in the Sun to answer questions about the types of racism that are illustrated in the play
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the Youngers' interactions with Mr. Lindler
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson about racism in A Raisin in the Sun

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson called Racism in A Raisin in the Sun to learn more about the role of racism in the play. The lesson will help you:

  • Define racism
  • Summarize the play's main plot
  • Analyze quotes from the play that illustrate racism