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 happens to the Johnson's previous house ten to twelve years before the events in "Everyday Use"?

2. What does Ms. Johnson do in church when the spirit of God touches her?

3. What hairstyle is Dee wearing when she arrives at her family's home?

4. Why does Dee change her name?

5. To what does Wangero compare Maggie's brain when Maggie tells Hakim-a-barber who whittled the churn dash?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What religion is Ms. Johnson in "Everyday Use" and what does her religion indicate about her character?

3. 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?

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

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

6. What is revealed about Aunt Dicie/Big Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she doesn't appear onstage?

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

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

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

10. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Dee like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the references to church and religion in "Everyday Use." Give at least three examples of how religion is used in the text. What do you think Alice Walker is saying about the influence of religion on southern Black culture and on African American culture in general?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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