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 the first male character mentioned in "Everyday Use?"

2. What unpleasant truth does Ms. Johnson say Maggie realizes about herself?

3. In real life, what does Ms. Johnson look like?

4. What does Dee's companion do for a living?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Ms. Johnson's dream involves appearing on television with Dee and having Dee thank her for her role in Dee's succee. Is there any evidence in "Everyday Use" that Dee appreciate her mother's role in her success?

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

3. To whom is Dee referring when she says "It's really a new day for us" at the end of the story?

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

5. What is Aunt Dicie/Big Dee's role in "Everyday Use?"

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

7. What references to racial prejudice are there in "Everyday Use?"

8. How strong is Ms. Johnson physically and what might her physical strength indicate about her inner strength?

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

10. Alice Walker never names the narrator of this story. The reader is told only that she is a member of the Johnson family. What might the author of "Everyday Use" have intended to convey about the character of Ms. Johnson by not naming her?

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 how the following characters either defy or define stereotypes of Black women living in the rural south: Dee/Wangero, Ms. Johnson, Grandma Dee, and Maggie. Are their backgrounds and character traits typical or atypical of the stereotype of Black women living in the rural south in the 1960s? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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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