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. Whose name is twice as long and three times as hard as Wangero's in Ms. Johnson's opinion?

2. What animal does Ms. Johnson describe as "soothing and slow?"

3. How did Ms. Johnson used to think Dee felt about Maggie?

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

5. What is Ms. Johnson's religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Dee like the house in which her family lives?

2. What information is revealed about Grandma Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she never appears onstage?

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

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

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

6. In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," who is the antagonist of the story and what identifies that character as the antagonist?

7. What is the history behind Dee's birth name?

8. 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?

9. What kind of life has Ms. Johnson lived?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Grandma Dee, Aunt Dicie or Big Dee, Grandpa Jarrell, Great-Grandpa Ezra and John Thomas are mentioned in "Everyday Use" but never appear on stage. Discuss these minor characters from the story and how the author uses them to illustrate her themes of family and community. Are there any other themes you think the author uses the characters to convey? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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