Guided Reading Questions on Sidney Poitier

The following questions should be used with the introduction on Sidney Poitier from the AMERICAN MASTERS Web site at

1. What does Sidney Poitier's childhood and upbringing tell you about his work ethic?

2. Give two examples of his movies that have had political implications. Explain why.

3. Why was the production of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" important to the history of theater and for black Americans?

4. Despite the controversial topic of interracial romance in "Patch of Blue" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," both movies were well-received and were box office hits. What does this imply about Poitier's popularity and talent as an actor?