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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 is the relationship of the person who whittles Ms. Johnson's butter churn top to Aunt Dicie/Big Dee?
(a) He was her brother.
(b) He was her second husband.
(c) He was her father.
(d) He was her grandfather.

2. In "Everyday Use," whose school closes after second grade?
(a) John Thomas's.
(b) Maggie's.
(c) Ms. Johnson's.
(d) Dee's.

3. What do Ms. Johnson and Maggie do after Wangero and her boyfriend leave?
(a) Sit in the yard enjoying themselves until bedtime.
(b) Eat dessert.
(c) Start a new quilt.
(d) Gossip about Wangero.

4. What is Dee's relationship to Maggie?
(a) They're cousins.
(b) They're friends.
(c) They're neighbors.
(d) They're sisters.

5. At the beginning of "Everyday Use," what kind of tree does Ms. Johnson say she likes to sit outside and look up into while enjoying the breeze?
(a) A maple tree.
(b) A pine tree.
(c) A sycamore tree.
(d) An elm tree.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Ms. Johnson always talk "With one foot raised in flight" and her head turned in whatever direction is farthest from them?

2. Who does Dee say she will never bring to visit her family's home?

3. Which character in "Everyday Use" always walks with her eyes on the ground and her chin on her chest?

4. What does Maggie wear for Dee's arrival in "Everyday Use"?

5. How does Maggie react when Dee's companion moves forward to hug her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What other folk art is mentioned in "Everyday Use" besides quilting?

3. What was Dee like at sixteen?

4. What is the significance of Dee's always wanting to read to people in her youth?

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

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

7. Why does Ms. Johnson prefer that the hand-stitched quilts go to Maggie instead of Dee?

8. What is the significance of the sunglasses Dee wears at the end of the story and the fact that they hide most of her face?

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. Why does Dee change her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use?"

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