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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 scrap of Great Grandpa Ezra's clothing is in the quilts?
(a) A piece of his old red flannel shirt.
(b) A piece of his christening gown.
(c) A piece of his wedding pants.
(d) A piece of his Civil War uniform.

2. Who stands under a gum tree and observes from a safe distance while tragedy strikes the old Johnson house a decade earlier?
(a) Maggie.
(b) Ms. Johnson.
(c) John Thomas.
(d) Dee.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the man who emerges from the car with Dee wear his hair?

2. In Ms. Johnson's dreams, on what television program are she and Dee brought together?

3. What happens to Ms. Johnson in 1949?

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

5. Which character in "Everyday Use" delights in the chitlins and corn bread, greens and sweet potatoes Ms. Johnson serves for dinner during Dee's visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Dee think Maggie deserves their mother's two hand-stitched quilts?

3. Why does Ms. Johnson's clean her yard prior to Dee's visit at the beginning of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use?"

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

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

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

7. What does the way Maggie walks and carries herself indicate?

8. 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?

9. What level of education does Dee have and how does it differ from the educational levels of her mother and sister?

10. 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?

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