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. Who is Dee's father?

2. Where are the family's quilt frames kept?

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

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

5. What does Wangero tell Maggie to do at the end of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there any significance to the fact that neither Ms. Johnson's marital state nor Dee's are revealed in "Everyday Use?"

2. What does the way Dee dresses for her visit with her family indicate about her character?

3. Why are the hairstyles of Hakim-a-barber and Dee/Wangero described in such detail in the story while Maggie and Ms. Johnson's hairstyles are not described?

4. Why doesn't Dee think Maggie deserves their mother's two hand-stitched quilts?

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

6. What was Dee like at sixteen?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Ms. Johnson's relationship with Maggie and her relationship with Dee in "Everyday Use." Which daughter do you think is Ms. Johnson's favorite, or do you think she loves them both equally? Since Maggie is the daughter who stays in the rural south and Dee is the daughter who escapes, what do you think the author is saying through these characters about the identity conflict African Americans experienced after the civil rights movement? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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

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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