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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ms. Johnson offer Wangero instead of the two quilts Grandma Dee pieced?
(a) One or two other quilts in her collection.
(b) Grandma Dee's butter dish.
(c) Her mother's wedding dress.
(d) The butter churn dasher and top.

2. During the winter, how does Ms. Johnson get water for washing?
(a) By breaking ice.
(b) From bottled water she buys at the store in town.
(c) From her faucet.
(d) From her farm's well.

3. What does Jimmy T do soon after breaking up with Dee?
(a) Enlist in the Army.
(b) Move to Atlanta.
(c) Marry another woman.
(d) Wreck his car.

4. What does the person who wants the butter churn top slide over it as if trying to see how it will look in her own home?
(a) An arrangement of wildflowers.
(b) A dish towel.
(c) A tablecloth.
(d) A dinner plate.

5. Whose hand closes over Grandma Dee's butter dish at dinner?
(a) Hakim-a-barber's.
(b) Wangero's.
(c) Ms. Johnson's.
(d) Maggie's.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story's first paragraph, to which room of the house does Ms. Johnson compare her yard, saying it's an extension of that room?

2. What does Ms. Johnson note is still in the butter churn during dinner?

3. When Ms. Johnson offers Dee a quilt in the past, what is Dee's reaction?

4. When Dee says "It's really a new day for us" at the end of the story, to whom is she referring?

5. When Ms. Johnson snatches Grandma Dee's quilts from Wangero's hands, into whose hands does she place them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the hairstyles of Hakim-a-barber and Dee/Wangero described in such detail in the story while Maggie and Ms. Johnson's hairstyles are not described?

2. What is Maggie's relationship with Dee like?

3. Explain Ms. Johnson's feelings about white people.

4. In what era is "Everyday Use" set and how does this time period affect the story?

5. Discuss the role of Great Grandpa Ezra in "Everyday Use."

6. Why does Ms. Johnson prefer that the hand-stitched quilts go to Maggie instead of Dee?

7. To whom is Dee referring when she says "It's really a new day for us" at the end of the story?

8. Why does Dee change her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use?"

9. Are the Johnsons in "Everyday Use" typical or atypical for rural southern Black families living in the era in which the story is set?

10. Although the exact setting of "Everyday Use" is never specified, what clues in the text indicate where the story takes place?

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