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 is the nickname of the person who whittles Ms. Johnson's churn dasher?

2. Who keeps trying to shake Maggie's hand at the reunion?

3. Which of the following statements is not true about what happens on the television talk shows that inspire Ms. Johnson's dreams?

4. From where does the wood that gives Ms. Johnson's dasher its color come?

5. How does Dee look in comparison to Maggie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of life has Ms. Johnson lived?

4. Why does Dee's sister Maggie feel insecure when Hakim-a-barber tries to shake her hand?

5. How does Dee differ from her mother and sister?

6. Are the Johnsons in "Everyday Use" typical or atypical for rural southern Black families living in the era in which the story is set?

7. 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?

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

9. Explain how Ms. Johnson looks in real life and how her actual appearance differs from how she appears in her dreams.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Alice Walker writes "Everyday Use" in the first person point of view. Discuss why you think the author selected the first person viewpoint. Also discuss whether or not you think first person is an effective viewpoint for this story and why or why not. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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