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 does Dee want to match a green suit she makes from an old suit someone gives her mother?

2. When boys and girls hang around Dee in her youth, what does she do to entertain them?

3. In Ms. Johnson's dreams, on what television program are she and Dee brought together?

4. How does Ms. Johnson feel about Wangero's new name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the title of "Everyday Use?"

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. What happens when Dee tries to share her educational knowledge with her mother and sister?

4. Why does Ms. Johnson's clean her yard prior to Dee's visit at the beginning of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss the use of color in the story. Select at least three examples from the following list and discuss what they mean and how the author uses them to convey a theme or depict a character: Dee's white heels, Dee's yellow organdy dress, Dee's green suit, Dee's yellow and orange dress, Dee's gold earrings and bracelets, or Maggie's pink skirt and red blouse.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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