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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. Which character in "Everyday Use" goes to school in Augusta on money Ms. Johnson and her church raise?
(a) Hakim-a-barber.
(b) John Thomas.
(c) Maggie.
(d) Dee.

2. Which Johnson women know how to quilt?
(a) Maggie, Grandma Dee and Wangero.
(b) Everyone but Wangero.
(c) Maggie, Ms. Johnson, Wangero and Aunt Dicie.
(d) Ms. Johnson, Wangero, and Grandma Dee.

3. Which character in "Everyday Use" doesn't read well due to poor eyesight?
(a) Maggie.
(b) Ms. Johnson.
(c) Aunt Dicie.
(d) Grandma Dee.

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

5. What does Ms. Johnson note is still in the butter churn during dinner?
(a) Butter.
(b) A mouse.
(c) Milk that has turned to clabber.
(d) Grandma Dee's apron.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dee want to match a green suit she makes from an old suit someone gives her mother?

2. What color is the dress Dee wears for her reunion with her mother and sister?

3. Where does "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker take place?

4. After dinner, who goes into Ms. Johnson's room and riffles through the trunk at the foot of Ms. Johnson's bed?

5. Who is the first male character to appear onstage in "Everyday Use?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Dee's feelings about white people.

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

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

5. What is the history behind Dee's birth name?

6. What does Maggie's smile at the end of "Everyday Use" indicate?

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

8. Why doesn't Dee like the house in which her family lives?

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

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

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