When does Act II begin? What is Beneatha doing as the first scene opens? What is she wearing?
she is wearing ceremonial clothing from Africa and doing a tribal dance to welcome the men back home.
Why does Walter join her in the dance?
because he was drunk
How does the arrival of George Murchison change the mood of the scene?
The mood becomes serious when George comes in
Beneatha calls George an “assimilationist.” What does she mean by that?
she means that he does what everyone else is doing. He doesn’t respect or appreciate history.
What is Walter’s attitude toward George?
He is very rude to George, and he is angry that George has no idea what it’s like to be poor and have to work for things; Walter is jealous of George
What is George’s attitude toward Walter?
he looks down upon Walter; he has no time for him
Who is Prometheus, and why does George call Walter by that name?
Prometheus is the Titan God who wanted to lead the humans to safety; George calls Walter this name to insult him
How does Ruth try to ease Walter’s mood?
she tries to be soothing and calm him down. She tries to encourage him without bending to his will
What evidence is there that Walter and Ruth still love each other, despite their problems?
He goes to her after he is mean to her
What news does Mama break to the family in this scene?
she has put a down payment on a house
How do Ruth and Walter react to Mama’s news? What does Walter accuse Mama of?
Ruth is excited; Walter is angry;