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. During the winter, what does Ms. Johnson wear during the day?

2. What looks like a mule tail to Ms. Johnson when she sees Dee's male companion?

3. How does Dee look in comparison to Maggie?

4. After dinner, who goes into Ms. Johnson's room and riffles through the trunk at the foot of Ms. Johnson's bed?

5. What does Ms. Johnson offer Wangero instead of the two quilts Grandma Dee pieced?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Dee's always wanting to read to people in her youth?

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

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

4. What does Hakim-a-barber's car indicate about his character and Dee's?

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

6. Describe the Johnson family home.

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Alice Walker writes "Everyday Use" in the first person point of view. Discuss why you think the author selected the first person viewpoint. Also discuss whether or not you think first person is an effective viewpoint for this story and why or why not. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Ms. Johnson is the narrator of "Everyday Use." Do you think she is the most appropriate narrator for this story? Why or why not? Discuss her effectiveness as narrator and how the story would change if Dee or Maggie narrated it instead. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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