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. What color is the dress Dee wears for her reunion with her mother and sister?

2. At the end of the story, what quilts does Ms. Johnson tell Dee to take back to the city with her?

3. How does the Johnson's current home different from their previous home?

4. Who makes the dining benches on which the Johnsons and Hakim-a-barber sit during dinner?

5. Which character in "Everyday Use" has no education?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Dee's feelings about white people.

2. 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?

3. How did Dee react when her mother offered her a quilt before Dee left for college and what has caused her to change her opinion about having a quilt now?

4. What was Dee like at sixteen?

5. Which character in "Everyday Use" is a foil character and what helps identify that character as a foil character?

6. Describe Dee's relationship with Jimmy T and what it indicates about her.

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

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

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

10. Discuss the role of Great Grandpa Ezra in "Everyday Use."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between Maggie and Dee. Does Dee exhibit any sisterly feelings toward Maggie? Do either of the girls love the other one? Is Maggie's rivalry with Dee mutual or is it just one-sided? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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

The predominant characters in "Everyday Use" are women. Male characters have minor roles and only one male character, Hakim-a-barber, actually appears on stage in the story. Discuss the role of male characters in the story and what you think the author is saying about Black culture by having female characters dominate her story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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