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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following statements is not true about what happens on the television talk shows that inspire Ms. Johnson's dreams?
(a) Unsuccessful children greet their unhappy parents.
(b) Children who have made it are surprised by their parents.
(c) The children thank the parents for helping them succeed.
(d) The children and parents embrace and smile and cry.

2. What does the person who wants the butter churn top tell Ms. Johnson she will do with it?
(a) Make it the centerpiece for her alcove table.
(b) Make butter in it.
(c) Hang it on her wall.
(d) Use it as a flower vase.

3. From where does the wood that gives Ms. Johnson's dasher its color come?
(a) Augusta.
(b) The woods behind Grandma Dee's house.
(c) A tree that grew in the yard where Big Dee and Stash lived.
(d) Africa.

4. What does Dee want to match a green suit she makes from an old suit someone gives her mother?
(a) A pair of earrings.
(b) A green blouse.
(c) Black pumps.
(d) A hair barrette.

5. For what does Ms. Johnson lose her taste as a result of what happens to her in 1949?
(a) Whiskey.
(b) Milk.
(c) Strawberries.
(d) Cornbread.

6. How many rooms does the Johnsons' current house have?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) Eight.

7. In what point of view is "Everyday Use" told?
(a) First person.
(b) Third person limited.
(c) Third person omniscient.
(d) Second person.

8. What scrap of Great Grandpa Ezra's clothing is in the quilts?
(a) A piece of his Civil War uniform.
(b) A piece of his old red flannel shirt.
(c) A piece of his wedding pants.
(d) A piece of his christening gown.

9. When Dee says "It's really a new day for us" at the end of the story, to whom is she referring?
(a) African Americans.
(b) The entire Johnson family.
(c) Herself and her mother.
(d) The Johnson sisters.

10. What unpleasant truth does Ms. Johnson say Maggie realizes about herself?
(a) She will never be able to afford college.
(b) She is unemployable due to her lack of education.
(c) Good looks, money and intelligence have passed her by.
(d) Hakim-a-barber will never prefer her to Dee.

11. What kind of dress does Dee wear to her graduation?
(a) Yellow organdy.
(b) Red silk.
(c) Blue gingham.
(d) Purple and white paisley.

12. At the end of the story, what quilts does Ms. Johnson tell Dee to take back to the city with her?
(a) Two on Maggie's bed that need washing.
(b) The ones on Ms. Johnson's bed.
(c) The hand-stitched ones Grandma Dee pieced.
(d) One or two of the machine-stitched ones.

13. At the beginning of "Everyday Use," with whom is Ms. Johnson waiting in the yard?
(a) Big Dee.
(b) Her daughter, Maggie.
(c) Hakim-a-barber.
(d) Grandma Dee.

14. What does Wangero feel on the benches when she runs her hands along them?
(a) Rump prints.
(b) Chips in the wood.
(c) Splinters.
(d) The smooth surface of the varnished wood.

15. What does Ms. Johnson ask Maggie to bring her at the end of the story?
(a) Another plate of dinner.
(b) A needle and thread to begin another quilt.
(c) A dip of snuff.
(d) A quilt from the trunk.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who escapes unharmed from the tragedy that befell the old Johnson house?

2. What scraps of Grandma Dee's clothing are in the quilts?

3. What does Jimmy T do soon after breaking up with Dee?

4. Which character in "Everyday Use" has burn scars?

5. What is Ms. Johnson's marital state?

(see the answer keys)

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