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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 kind of jewelry does Dee wear for her reunion with her mother and sister?
(a) A ruby pendant.
(b) Pear earrings.
(c) Gold earrings and bracelets.
(d) A silver wristwatch.

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

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

4. Who whittles Ms. Johnson's churn top?
(a) Uncle Henry.
(b) Uncle Buddy.
(c) Grandpa Jarrell.
(d) Great Grandpa Ezra.

5. What is Ms. Johnson's religion?
(a) Muslim.
(b) Christian.
(c) Jewish.
(d) Wiccan.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dee greet her mother and sister?

2. What does Wangero tell Maggie to do at the end of the story?

3. What is the first thing out of the car upon Dee's arrival that identifies Dee to Ms. Johnson?

4. Who is the narrator of "Everyday Use?"

5. How does Dee look in comparison to Maggie?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Dee react when her mother offered her a quilt before Dee left for college and what has caused her to change her opinion about having a quilt now?

2. Which character in "Everyday Use" is a foil character and what helps identify that character as a foil character?

3. 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?

4. Why does Dee include the house in every picture she takes with her camera if she dislikes the house?

5. What was Dee like at sixteen?

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

7. Describe Dee's relationship with Jimmy T and what it indicates about her.

8. How strong is Ms. Johnson physically and what might her physical strength indicate about her inner strength?

9. 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?

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

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