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

2. What kind of shoes is Dee wearing for her reunion with her mother and sister?
(a) Go go boots.
(b) High heels.
(c) Sandals.
(d) Flipflops.

3. What does Ms. Johnson kill with a sledge hammer one winter?
(a) A hog.
(b) A wolf.
(c) A bull calf.
(d) A rat.

4. What color is the dress Dee wears for her reunion with her mother and sister?
(a) Orange and yellow.
(b) Black and white plaid.
(c) Red.
(d) Blue.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose hand closes over Grandma Dee's butter dish at dinner?

2. To what does Wangero compare Maggie's brain when Maggie tells Hakim-a-barber who whittled the churn dash?

3. How does the man who emerges from the car with Dee wear his hair?

4. Who hangs in the kitchen doing dishes after the Johnsons' reunion dinner?

5. What is the nickname of the person who whittles Ms. Johnson's churn dasher?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dee's sister Maggie feel insecure when Hakim-a-barber tries to shake her hand?

2. Alice Walker never names the narrator of this story. The reader is told only that she is a member of the Johnson family. What might the author of "Everyday Use" have intended to convey about the character of Ms. Johnson by not naming her?

3. Describe John Thomas and his role in the story.

4. What happens when Dee tries to share her educational knowledge with her mother and sister?

5. What does Ms. Johnson think Maggie believes is her "portion" in life?

6. What references to racial prejudice are there in "Everyday Use?"

7. How does Dee differ from her mother and sister?

8. What kind of life has Ms. Johnson lived?

9. What information is revealed about Grandma Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she never appears onstage?

10. Explain the difference in what Dee wants to use her mother's quilts and the way Maggie wants to use the quilts.

(see the answer keys)

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