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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 does Dee change her name?
(a) She needs a more glamorous name to be an actress.
(b) She is hiding from the law.
(c) Hakim-a-barber hates her real name.
(d) So she won't have a white oppressor name.

2. Why does Dee think the quilts will become rags in five years?
(a) They're old and fragile.
(b) Maggie's children will tear them.
(c) Exposing them to air after storage in the trunk will ruin them.
(d) Maggie will use them and wear them out.

3. In real life, what does Ms. Johnson look like?
(a) She's white-haired and petite.
(b) She's skinny and short.
(c) She's freckled and has blonde hair.
(d) She's large and big-boned with rough, man-working hands.

4. How does Maggie react when Dee's companion moves forward to hug her?
(a) She runs away.
(b) She backs away, trembling and perspiring.
(c) She screams.
(d) She rushes forward to hug him first.

5. How does Ms. Johnson describe Maggie's fiance?
(a) A man with mossy teeth in an earnest face.
(b) A handsome man with a mustache.
(c) A short, fat man with dimples.
(d) A tall man with thick glasses.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the weather when Dee comes to visit her family?

2. What does Wangero find in her mother's trunk?

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

4. Who keeps trying to shake Maggie's hand at the reunion?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Dee include the house in every picture she takes with her camera if she dislikes the house?

4. What does Ms. Johnson think Maggie believes is her "portion" in life?

5. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Maggie like?

6. What is Aunt Dicie/Big Dee's role in "Everyday Use?"

7. Explain Dee's feelings about white people.

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

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

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