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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 first male character to appear onstage in "Everyday Use?"
(a) Hakim-a-barber.
(b) John Thomas.
(c) Great Grandpa Ezra.
(d) Grandpa Jarrell.

2. What kind of shoes is Dee wearing for her reunion with her mother and sister?
(a) Flipflops.
(b) High heels.
(c) Go go boots.
(d) Sandals.

3. Who tells Ms. Johnson she doesn't understand her heritage?
(a) Hakim-a-barber.
(b) Wangero.
(c) Maggie.
(d) Aunt Dicie.

4. What does Dee want to match a green suit she makes from an old suit someone gives her mother?
(a) Black pumps.
(b) A pair of earrings.
(c) A hair barrette.
(d) A green blouse.

5. How does Dee look in comparison to Maggie?
(a) She's taller and fatter.
(b) She's lighter in complexion with nicer hair and a fuller figure.
(c) She's more freckled and wears thicker glasses.
(d) She's shorter and has more warts.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character in "Everyday Use" always looks anyone in the eye because hesitation is not part of her nature?

2. How does Maggie respond to the attempts to shake her hand?

3. When Ms. Johnson snatches Grandma Dee's quilts from Wangero's hands, into whose hands does she place them?

4. Which Johnson family member possesses the most self confidence?

5. Who puts on a pair of sunglasses at the end of "Everyday Use"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Johnson family heirlooms like the butter churn and patchwork quilts indicate about the Johnson family and about southern Black culture?

2. 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?

3. What do Dee's light skin and her white heel symbolize?

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

5. What information is revealed about Grandma Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she never appears onstage?

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

7. Why doesn't Ms. Johnson have more formal education?

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

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

10. What does the way Dee dresses for her visit with her family indicate about her character?

(see the answer keys)

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