Everyday Use Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Dee changes her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use." Discuss this name change citing examples from the text to support your arguments.

Part I: Discuss what Dee's name change indicates about her character.

Part II: Discuss what Dee's name change indicates about the era in which she lives.

Part III: Discuss what Dee's name change illustrates about her relationship with her family.

Essay Topic 2

"Everyday Use" was published in 1973 and the characters have lived through the growth of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Discuss how the geographical, chronological and cultural settings affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Alice Walker had set it in the north or during the antebellum era instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," the character of Dee is romantically involved with Johnny T and later with Hakim-a-barber. Compare and contrast Dee's relationship with Johnny T and her relationship with Hakim-a-barber. Which one seems more harmonious and why? What does each relationship reveal about Dee at the stage in her life when she was involved with each man? Does Dee demonstrate any character growth from one relationship to the other? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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