One Book, One Chicago Spring 2003
- The play is prefaced by a Langston Hughes poem. How does the play illustrate the theme of the poem?
- Why do you think all the scenes take place in the family’s house?
- How is Beneatha different from other Younger family members?
- How is the theme of assimilation treated in the play?
- What are the greatest strains on Walter and Ruth’s marriage?
- To what extent do you think Hansberry is critiquing traditional sex roles in the play?
- In what ways is Hansberry challenging stereotypes of African Americans in the play?
- How does Walter change from the beginning of the play?
- Why do you think Mama changes her mind and gives Walter the insurance money?
- Why does Mrs. Johnson say that the Youngers are proud?
- Why is Mama’s little plant so important to her? What does she mean when she says “It expresses ME”?
- What does the new house signify to each of the Youngers?
- Look closely at Karl Lindner’s speech when he talks to the Youngers. What do you notice about the way he uses language?
- Who is the main character in the play?
- The play was written and produced over 40 years ago. To what extent do you think that conflicts and issues presented in the play are still relevant?