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

2. In Ms. Johnson's dreams, what does Dee pin on her dress on the television program?

3. For what occasion is Ms. Johnson going to give the quilts to the person to whom she has promised them?

4. How does Ms. Johnson describe Maggie's fiance?

5. Who says Wangero can have the quilts after Ms. Johnson says Wangero can't?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Who is the protagonist of "Everyday Use" and what identifies that character as the protagonist?

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

6. Why does Dee change her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use?"

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

8. Explain Ms. Johnson's feelings about white people.

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss symbolism and metaphor in "Everyday Use." Give three examples of symbolism in the story and discuss what the symbols are used to convey.

Essay Topic 2

Education is a theme in "Everyday Use." Discuss how Alice Walker depicts this theme and what you think she is saying about education in the story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the following characters either defy or define stereotypes of Black women living in the rural south: Dee/Wangero, Ms. Johnson, Grandma Dee, and Maggie. Are their backgrounds and character traits typical or atypical of the stereotype of Black women living in the rural south in the 1960s? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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