Everyday Use Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

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 whittles Ms. Johnson's churn top?

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

4. To what group of people does Ms. Johnson ask Hakim-a-barber if he belongs?

5. Where are the family's quilt frames kept?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Dee like?

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

4. Which Johnson sister knows how to quilt and what does her ability illustrate about her character?

5. Describe John Thomas and his role in the story.

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

7. Explain how Ms. Johnson looks in real life and how her actual appearance differs from how she appears in her dreams.

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Ms. Johnson's dream about appearing on the Johnny Carson show with Dee. What significance do you think this dream has to the story? What does the dream reveal about Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter? What does the dream reveal about Ms. Johnson's feelings about herself versus how she wishes she was? What do you think Alice Walker is trying to say through this dream? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of color in the story. Select at least three examples from the following list and discuss what they mean and how the author uses them to convey a theme or depict a character: Dee's white heels, Dee's yellow organdy dress, Dee's green suit, Dee's yellow and orange dress, Dee's gold earrings and bracelets, or Maggie's pink skirt and red blouse.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Maggie, Dee/Wangero, and Mrs. Johnson in "Everyday Use." Which sister do you think is most like their mother and why? Which character or characters do you think represent southern Black culture? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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