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 the person who wants the butter churn top tell Ms. Johnson she will do with it?

2. Who is Maggie's father?

3. For what does Ms. Johnson lose her taste as a result of what happens to her in 1949?

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

5. Who overhears Wangero and Ms. Johnson discussing the quilts?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Maggie's relationship with Dee like?

3. What do the Johnson family heirlooms like the butter churn and patchwork quilts indicate about the Johnson family and about southern Black culture?

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

5. What level of education does Dee have and how does it differ from the educational levels of her mother and sister?

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

7. In what era is "Everyday Use" set and how does this time period affect the story?

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

9. Explain the difference in what Dee wants to use her mother's quilts and the way Maggie wants to use the quilts.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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