A Raisin in the Sun Questions and Answers
by Lorraine Hansberry

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A Raisin in the Sun was written and produced over 40 years ago. To what extent do you think that the conflicts and issues presented in the play are still relevant?

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Two important aspects of A Raisin in the Sun that have not changed significantly since the late 1950s are housing segregation and the representation of black females in the medical profession. The characters in Lorraine Hansberry’s play have many different dreams. Lena (Mama) finally settles on buying a house as the best use of her late husband’s life insurance policy; she finds a nice home in an all-white neighborhood, and thus the Youngers become pioneers in desegregating the neighborhood. Although the laws changed significantly in the 1960s so that de jure, or legal, segregation has been abolished, in the United States there is still de facto, effective segregation in housing.

Beneatha is attending college and has gotten into the pre-med track; she is studying biology. She understands that her family is sacrificing to pay her tuition, and she is determined...

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