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

2. Who does Maggie marry?
(a) One of her teachers.
(b) The local preacher.
(c) Hakim-a-barber.
(d) John Thomas.

3. What does Ms. Johnson think that Dee had at age sixteen?
(a) A great singing voice.
(b) A style of her own.
(c) Artistic talent.
(d) A great speaking voice.

4. Who claims to be able to remember Grandma Dee without the quilts?
(a) Hakim-a-barber.
(b) John Thomas.
(c) Maggie.
(d) Wangero.

5. Who escapes unharmed from the tragedy that befell the old Johnson house?
(a) Maggie.
(b) Aunt Dicie.
(c) John Thomas.
(d) Dee and Ms. Johnson.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ms. Johnson say could be done if the quilts do become rags in five years?

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

3. What happens to Ms. Johnson in 1949?

4. How does Ms. Johnson describe Maggie's fiance?

5. How many quilts does Dee/Wangero take back to the city with her at the end of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Ms. Johnson looks in real life and how her actual appearance differs from how she appears in her dreams.

2. What was Dee like at sixteen?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. Ms. Johnson's dream involves appearing on television with Dee and having Dee thank her for her role in Dee's succee. Is there any evidence in "Everyday Use" that Dee appreciate her mother's role in her success?

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

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

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

10. Who is the protagonist of "Everyday Use" and what identifies that character as the protagonist?

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