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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. Why do the Johnsons have dining benches instead of dining chairs?
(a) Dee's father doesn't know how to make chairs.
(b) Ms. Johnson finds chairs uncomfortable to sit on.
(c) They don't like chairs.
(d) They can't afford chairs.

2. What does Ms. Johnson ask Maggie to bring her at the end of the story?
(a) A needle and thread to begin another quilt.
(b) A quilt from the trunk.
(c) Another plate of dinner.
(d) A dip of snuff.

3. Who takes Polaroids of the Johnson family reunion?
(a) Hakim-a-barber.
(b) Dee.
(c) Mrs. Johnson.
(d) Maggie.

4. How does Ms. Johnson describe the man who emerges from the car with Dee?
(a) Short and stocky with hair all over his head and chin.
(b) Tall and fat.
(c) Tall and thin with a big mustache.
(d) Short and thin with big glasses.

5. Who is the narrator of "Everyday Use?"
(a) John Thomas.
(b) Hakim-a-barber.
(c) Ms. Johnson.
(d) Wangero.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story's first paragraph, to which room of the house does Ms. Johnson compare her yard, saying it's an extension of that room?

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

3. At the beginning of "Everyday Use," who does Ms. Johnson say will regard Dee with a mixture of envy and awe?

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

5. What does Ms. Johnson kill with a sledge hammer one winter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Hakim-a-barber's car indicate about his character and Dee's?

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

7. What is the significance of the title of "Everyday Use?"

8. 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?

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

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

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