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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. Who is the antagonist in "Everyday Use?"
(a) Ms. Johnson.
(b) John Thomas.
(c) Maggie.
(d) Dee.

2. Who hates the current Johnson house as well as the old Johnson house?
(a) Ms. Johnson.
(b) Aunt Dicie.
(c) Dee.
(d) Grandma Dee.

3. What happens to the Johnson's previous house ten to twelve years before the events in "Everyday Use"?
(a) Termites and rats infest it.
(b) It burns to the ground.
(c) The bank repossesses it.
(d) A tornado devastates it.

4. What scraps of Grandma Dee's clothing are in the quilts?
(a) Pieces of dresses Grandma Dee wore over 50 years ago.
(b) Pieces of her old flannel nightgowns.
(c) Pieces of her old pillow cases.
(d) Pieces of her old aprons.

5. How does Hakim-a-barber feel about the group of people to which Ms. Johnson asks if he belongs?
(a) He shares their doctrines, but doesn't farm or raise cattle.
(b) He disagrees with their doctrines.
(c) He considers them allies.
(d) He hates them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ms. Johnson think that Dee had at age sixteen?

2. Which of the following characters are mentioned in "Everyday Use" but do not actually appear on stage?

3. Who wraps Ms. Johnson's dasher right there at the dinner table?

4. What kind of shoes is Dee wearing for her reunion with her mother and sister?

5. Once Maggie weds, what is Ms. Johnson free to sit in her yard and do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What is the significance of the title of "Everyday Use?"

4. Is there any significance to the fact that neither Ms. Johnson's marital state nor Dee's are revealed in "Everyday Use?"

5. Why does Ms. Johnson agree to call Dee by the African name Wangero after reminding Dee of the family heritage behind her birth name?

6. What is revealed about Aunt Dicie/Big Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she doesn't appear onstage?

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

8. What happened to the Johnsons' previous home and how has this tragedy affected the family?

9. What is Aunt Dicie/Big Dee's role in "Everyday Use?"

10. How do African Americans change from the days of Ms. Johnson's youth in the 1920s to the era of the 1960s in which the story "Everyday People" is set?

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